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Withdrawal of Christianity from religious authority

In the early seventies, the Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Legalized abortion in Wade, as the Christian right is on Prowell, who associates the complaint with the complaint, aligning itself with the Republican Party and its teapot wing.

The Christian right had long been gathering steam in the South in response to the civil rights movement – there is a dark story, with biased partisanship in distorted biblical arguments – but evangelicals and the mass realm of fundamentalist Christians in the last four Has been at full strength in decades. His influence on Donald Trump’s 2016 election was notable, a sign of high hypocrisy on his part. It did not matter that Trump was an undivided philosopher, a flamboyant whose own life and example was a mockery of Christian values ​​- as long as he gave a forceful abortion and anti-gay rights to replace Antonin Scallia. Neil Gorsuch was his man, and Trump gave.

The narrowness and hypocrisy of Christian authority bothers me, because I am a Christian myself. My faith has been badly redeemed by this particular eighteen-wheeler; But I understand that their movement has started burning. Certainly the figures bear this out. Religious authority is becoming less, and fewer and fewer youth belong to any religion. The majority of my parents’ generation, the so-called silent generation, identified as Christian: 85 percent. Just over half of Millennials do it.

Unlike other well-educated Northeastern progressives, I do not dismiss evangelists and fundamentalists (they are not the same, though their beliefs often mesh) with their guns and Bibles. I grew up with them, and I respect them one by one. My father was a Baptist preacher, and I attended camps and revival meetings in my eighteenth year. I still heartily respond to my childhood hymns, and I was sad when Billy Graham died recently. I have heard him preach countless times, even once. He was a sincere and thoughtful man, and his views expanded over several decades. In fact, in a television interview he once suggested that God is merciful and “saves” those who are outside the narrow confines of his own faith-brand. (Billy is much wider than his son Franklin, who took over.)

By the time I entered college in 1966, I had begun to change my thoughts about the meaning of Christianity and the example of Jesus. The chapel of the small college I read was a passionate thinker and activist, and he led in-depth discussions about the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, drawing a group of like-minded students around him. Christianity, at its core, has begun to see the personal transformations that have led one in the direction of nonviolent protest against nuclear war, colonial action abroad, and all forms of militarism. Jesus, for me, became a profound spiritual teacher, who wanted to turn the knife into a plow, to turn the other cheek when hit, and to serve God in others. I began to focus on His commandments to His followers: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. [Mark 12: 30-31] These are his only commandments, and they summarize Christian thought.

The example of Christ, as I see it, was instructive. He came from the laboring classes, on a par with the peasant stock in Galilee, a remote area of ​​Palestine. He went and preached in the countryside, avoiding cities for the most part (with the exception of Jerusalem, the center of temple worship, an important place for every Jew). Their allies were working men and women, often farmers and peasants, not scholars or wealthy aristocrats. He discusses rural metaphors in his parables. He spoke easily and often to outcasts: lepers and vagabonds, poor, lame. He celebrated the humble, gentle, peacekeepers. He was a refugee himself – if we can believe the story of his origins as reflected in the Gospel of Matthew: his family was forced out of the country, until hiding in Egypt due to the wrath of King Herod Was not forced to.

Jesus associated himself with refugees from political and religious persecution. He was drawn to those who lived on the fringes of society, and lived among them. He traveled with women and men; In fact, it was easy to forget that many of her colleagues were women, including Mary Magdalen, who was the first to bear witness (according to the Gospel of John) to her resurrection. The early church was, remarkably, led by strong and powerful women: Phoebe, Lydia, Prisca and Junia. The major message of early Christianity, which came directly through Jesus through Paul, was his apostle that in Christ “there are neither Jews nor Gentiles, neither slaves nor free men, nor men nor Hee woman. ” [Galatians 3:28] This radical core of Christian doctrine, the idea of ​​equality, erasing racial, class and gender boundaries

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