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indigolake Donating Member (16 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-17-06 02:55 PM
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30. Christian Paradox from Harpers Magazine
Last fall, Harper's Magazine published an article called the "Christian Paradox" ( how little Christians in the United States really know about their faith and beliefs.

A startling fact is that 75% of Americans surveyed believe the idea that "God helps those who helps themselves" is a notion found in the Bible. Actually that concept is found nowhere in the Bible, and it goes entirely against the message Jesus gave to love your neighbor.

I think the issue with right wing Christians is more like if you don't stand for something, you shall fall for anything. This article by Harper's Magazine brings to a clearer understanding that Christians in our country will fall for whatever anyone tells them is the basis of their Christian beliefs, likely because they don't know what their faith is all about and have little knowledge about the true life of Jesus.

Knowledge is power... And the right wingers have used this knowledge of Christians to twist Christianity into something that I think Jesus never intended it to be.
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  -Christianity and Republican Morals The Great Paradox Time for change  May-16-06 05:31 PM   #0 
  - Al Franken had an idea  raysr   May-16-06 05:40 PM   #1 
  - I don't understand that  Time for change   May-16-06 09:21 PM   #9 
  - I'm all for calling them Christianists too.  cryingshame   May-17-06 08:41 AM   #19 
  - I like Christianist  wryter2000   May-17-06 12:45 PM   #25 
     - I kind of like "Christiness"  buddyhollysghost   May-18-06 03:19 AM   #37 
        - That's good  wryter2000   May-18-06 10:13 AM   #39 
           - True  buddyhollysghost   May-19-06 01:05 AM   #44 
  - My first ex-wife was a devout Catholic. Some people she knew  panader0   May-16-06 05:48 PM   #2 
  - I guess it depends on your definition of "religious"  Time for change   May-16-06 08:14 PM   #8 
  - "The gap betwen creed and conduct....  MnFats   May-16-06 05:50 PM   #3 
  - Yes, Ghandi once considered becoming a Christian  Time for change   May-16-06 07:07 PM   #7 
  - Response  democrateman   May-16-06 05:58 PM   #4 
  - So you're saying that we should be a one party nation?  Time for change   May-16-06 06:21 PM   #6 
  - This country was NOT founded on 'Christian values'.  Lindacooks   May-16-06 10:00 PM   #10 
     - Yes, and not only that  Time for change   May-17-06 12:31 AM   #11 
        - The GOP is in a schism  Erika   May-17-06 12:58 AM   #12 
           - Yes, the leaders of today's Republican Party are the worst kind of  Time for change   May-17-06 03:38 AM   #13 
  - Call them unchristian and tell them why  Warpy   May-16-06 06:17 PM   #5 
  - I think we need to do more than just tell them  Time for change   May-17-06 08:35 AM   #17 
  - I respect your post  abester   May-17-06 03:54 AM   #14 
  - Self delete - accidentally pushed "post"  Time for change   May-17-06 07:07 AM   #15 
  - I don't understand what you mean  Time for change   May-17-06 07:20 AM   #16 
  - K&R!  Jeffersons Ghost   May-17-06 08:40 AM   #18 
  - Wow, that was a very strong K & R  Time for change   May-17-06 09:41 AM   #20 
  - Good post. So many issues here.  Canuckistanian   May-17-06 10:32 AM   #21 
  - That's a perfect example you provided here  Time for change   May-17-06 11:37 AM   #22 
     - God and Mammon  PATRICK   May-17-06 12:12 PM   #24 
        - Indulgences, offerings, titheing  Canuckistanian   May-17-06 03:07 PM   #31 
  - K & R  ArmchairMeme   May-17-06 12:06 PM   #23 
  - Great points  Time for change   May-17-06 02:41 PM   #29 
  - Just because someone calls themselves a Christian doesn't mean they are  NoAmericanTaliban   May-17-06 12:59 PM   #26 
  - The blunt realism of Jesus  PATRICK   May-17-06 01:52 PM   #27 
  - Maybe some of our Democratic leaders should learn a lesson from Him  Time for change   May-17-06 05:14 PM   #35 
  - But I don't think that's the whole story  Time for change   May-17-06 03:35 PM   #32 
  - It was 38 years ago today that 9 believers acted *against* war.  Tom Joad   May-17-06 02:09 PM   #28 
  - There's an important lesson in that, that we should have learned from the  Time for change   May-17-06 04:16 PM   #33 
  - Christian Paradox from Harpers Magazine  indigolake   May-17-06 02:55 PM   #30 
  - Welcome to DU indigolake - sounds like a very interesting article  Time for change   May-17-06 04:48 PM   #34 
     - Thank you, TFC!  indigolake   May-18-06 03:20 PM   #43 
  - The last time I was in a church  ThoughtCriminal   May-18-06 01:38 AM   #36 
  - The wonders of the KJV  PATRICK   May-18-06 02:21 PM   #40 
  - I hadn't exactly thought of it that way  Time for change   May-18-06 02:23 PM   #41 
  - Good read  buddyhollysghost   May-18-06 03:21 AM   #38 
  - Thanks for trying  Time for change   May-18-06 02:25 PM   #42 
     - Nice  deFaultLine   May-19-06 02:01 AM   #45 
        - Good points  Time for change   May-19-06 06:05 PM   #47 
  - Fantastic post.  bling bling   May-19-06 03:10 AM   #46 
     - Thank you. I agree, the hypocrisy is maddening  Time for change   May-19-06 06:09 PM   #48 

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