I am a Christian. Not a “Christian”.

I am a Christian. So?

Every time I talk with an atheist about religion I receive a lot of anger. Anger which is based on the “evils done by religion” throughout the centuries.

But I am not an archbishop.

I am not the Patriarch.

And even if I was, should I be held responsible for mistakes performed by people who claimed to be “Christians” centuries ago? In the same way science is not in any way responsible for atrocities performed in its name (e.g. eugenics), Christianity cannot be held responsible for atrocities performed in its name by people who obviously did not follow the Christian values of love, forgiveness and repentance.

We love attaching labels. (you are a “Christian”)

We love categorizing. (you are a “Christian”, thus the same as people who called themselves “christians” and killed people in the past, as if Christ taught murder)

We love deducing conclusions. (you are a Christian so you like killing like some people who called themselves “christians” and killed people in the past, as if Christ taught murder)

Methods which are nice for creating science.

But which are terrible for human communication.

I am a Christian. So? [Επιτάφιος Ψυρρή, 2015]
Let’s all see the other for the man he really is. Let’s not judge people as if they represent crusaders, atheist eugenics researchers, the Pope or Hitler. Let’s just talk to each other as if we talk to… each other!

I am a Christian.

I am not a “Christian”.

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

One thought on “I am a Christian. Not a “Christian”.”

  1. Oh yes,the anger…
    There was this one infamous study which found atheists reported to feel much more angry at God than theists… ???
    It’s funny how I don’t feel any anger towards invisible unicorns…

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