The battle between action and belief

Margaret E. Atwood  sometimes thinks she has come from a different planet, so odd does she sometimes find the practices of Homo sapiens, our common species — you’d be forgiven for thinking that a Quaker is quite a different thing from a Russian Orthodox patriarch, and that an Ethiopian Copt is entirely distinct from a Pentecostal or an Irish Catholic or a Mormon or a Christian Scientist. And a green Christian Creation Cure person — from the organisation called A Rocha, perhaps — or a social justice Christian, from Sojourners, for instance, or even a service-oriented Christian from the Salvation Army or the Mennonite international service committee, they have nothing in common with a member of the cross-burning Ku Klux Klan.

“In my father’s house there are many mansions,”

Jesus said, but did he really mean a bunch of white supremacists with bedsheets over their heads? And does loving your neighbour really include blowing up the churches of your fellow Christians?

She finds it true — as their detractors say — that the Christian divergences from a single root source are extreme, and that Christians have historically gone to war with other Christians over doctrinal differences and have slaughtered a great many of their co-religionists. And they have slaughtered and oppressed members of other religions, too.
But that is not because they are Christians.
It is because they are human beings. As Humpty Dumpty says in Alice in Wonderland,

“The question is — who is to be master?”

That is one of the things human beings often fight about, whether they are Christian or not.

 

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