November 7, 2005

"You must be Christian."

This brief article in the Charleston Gazette speaks volumes about how both atheists and Christians are viewed in our culture. As you will see, it also highlights a common myth about both atheists and Christians.

While returning from a trip to China to adopt a child, a couple is treated to the following from a passenger on the plane, "That's so nice. You must be Christian." Since the couple did not consider themselves Christians, I expect they were somewhat surprised and maybe even offended to hear such a comment.

Of course, the likely source of the comment is the belief that only Christians do good things. A non-Christian couldn't possibly do something positive. In fairness, I have certainly caught myself jumping to negative assumptions about Christians. Sometimes, I am even proven wrong. I guess that believing in things without evidence can be problematic.