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So We get to Disavow Civil Religion now?

From the Times Online:

Societies worse off ‘when they have God on their side’

RELIGIOUS belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today.

According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems.

The study counters the view of believers that religion is necessary to provide the moral and ethical foundations of a healthy society.

…The paper, published in the Journal of Religion and Society, a US academic journal, reports: “Many Americans agree that their churchgoing nation is an exceptional, God-blessed, shining city on the hill that stands as an impressive example for an increasingly sceptical world.

So if we have a Christology and justifies and ensures Empire, we might be selfish and kill each other? That doesn’t sound like Christianity, that sounds like state religion. Boy do I love confusing the national god and God. Especially from people who should know better, Christians and Academics.

Personally, I think we should be on God’s side. Perhaps if they re-thought the question, it would’ve come out differently?

“God is my co-pilot”, what a narcissistic theology. Now we have proof it kills.


2 thoughts on “So We get to Disavow Civil Religion now?

  1. This immediately calls to my mind some of Slavoj Zizek’s discussion in his latest book entitled Violence. Dostoevsky wrote that “if God is dead, everything is permissible.” Zizek claims that today’s culture proves the opposite of this, namely that “if God is dead, nothing is permissible.” Consider the great pains people go to in order to maintain the image of political correctness and proper liberality, or perhaps to remain healthy by eating food that is more or less disgusting (or better yet, using bizarre items like “fat-free cream” and the like). Next, consider Islamic terror and its promoters who, apparently on a mission from God, seem capable of doing anything imaginable; Zizek invokes the contrapositive of his claim, “if God is not dead, that everything is permissible.” I’m sure, if nothing else, he would be overjoyed to read this study from a theoretical standpoint.

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