Chapter 2, question 4

The main apologetic I read was Mere Christianity by CS Lewis. It made me cry and affected me a lot when I first read it. Later, I read a critique saying that apologetics are to make you believe. Faith needs no apology. So, I am conflicted about it. When Lewis says, “Jesus is either the only son of God, or he is a lunatic” I balk. That is too dualistic, too absolute. Can’t he be a gifted teacher and a holy prophet without being either God or a lunatic? I am suspicious of most of the things written in the Bible about him. Who says Jesus claimed to be God, or the Son of God? Wasn’t it all the manipulative hype of the followers who wanted to set their group above all the others popular at the time? The words in red in the Bible are what the writers said that Jesus said. Hearsay, spin, or outright lies—marketing.

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2 thoughts on “Pam Answers McLaren 4

  1. I remember reading Mere Christianity long ago. I liked it, but also knew that by its definition of Christianity, I was not one. I also remember reading something by the Dali Lama where he said that western people who sought out buddhism, etc. were making a mistake because they already had a perfectly good example of how to lead a good life in Jesus. That’s the way I think of it.
    You might like a book I’m listening to about being a solidary and creative person. This is a quote–perhaps a bit off, because, again, listening (no print copy): “Perhaps the exploded and fragmented nature of the contemporary developed world owes itself to the insistence of institutionalized religion and science alike, that we subscribe to doctrine and dogma in service to their aggrandisement instead of attending to the need to bring us together to acknowledge all that is sacred in ourselves and in our world. If one accepts that the physics that govern the universe also govern our world, if one believes in physics as Einstein wrote, if one believes that the elemental forces of physics that brought the stars into being also act on and through us, then an analogy is implied, however fanciful between the starry night and the Human Condition.” –At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life by Fenton Johnson

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