July 14, 2013

If the Christian God is Real...

If it turns out that I am wrong and that there is a God, and it is the Judeo-Christian God more preoccupied with belief than behavior, then I’d rather not spend eternity with him and would joyfully go to the other place where I suspect most of my family, friends, and colleagues will be, since we share most of the same principled values.
- Michael Shermer, The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

I feel the same way. The degree to which evangelical fundamentalist Christians are preoccupied with what one believes (e.g., has one accepted Jesus into his or her heart?) rather than how one behaves has always struck me as a strange sort of morality. If this is really what their god wants from them, it does not seem worthy of any sort of worship.

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