“The problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes.” – Dave Barry
I receive a number of compliments for the quotes I use in my post. As I read books, articles in the newspaper and online I am always on the lookout for that thought, phrase or sentence that might enlighten or motivate me. For many years I have emailed my children a quote every Monday morning. I try to send them something inspirational, sometimes topical but always in the spirit of compassion, caring and love. If there are 52 Mondays in a year and I have been sending them quotes for nine years or so then they should have a collection of around 470 quotes from their dear old Dad. Maybe they can publish a book when I am dead and gone titled “Dad filled up our inbox with these stupid quotes.”
Today is the tenth month anniversary (yea there is such a thing) of my first post on this blog. 363 post later I am still here, writing, discussing, agreeing, and sometimes defending what I write. Maybe you have noticed by now that I am very interested in Religion, particularly how Religion makes us think, speak and act. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, though I have been accused from time to time of thinking that I do. My hope has and always will be to generate thought and questions, to poke ideologies and doctrines with a sharp stick not to beat them with a club. Some of you out there in the blogosphere world don’t appreciate my attempts to challenge the beliefs you hold near and dear to your heart. I understand that, and I don’t, and that’s why it interest me.
So in ten days we will celebrate the birth of Christ. An important event for Christians around the world but also an occasion man-made and full of fiction. I understand why it is celebrated, I understand the history and the signification of the date that was chosen. I understand why Mary is portrayed as a virgin. I understand the representation of the three wise men but I wonder if the vast majority of Christians do or are these details simply written in stone like so much of the rest of their faith.
I know I have lost some readers because of what I have written. I also know that I have picked up a few who have similar thoughts and interest in Religion as I do. But please know that I never purposely intend to insult anyone about their beliefs. Faith is personal and if done correctly (my little dig) it can be life altering. I like to be challenged, I like to think, but for me you need to be able to explain why you believe what you believe. “Just because the Bible tells me so” isn’t going to cut it for me and in my very humble opinion, it shouldn’t for you either.
“Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed, will not suffice. Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption about the human condition.” – E. O. Wilson