Some of My Thoughts Regarding ‘Why do evangelicals lose their faith?’ – Podcast by Unbelievable
The other day, I posted this (part 1 to this post):
I have re-listened to the podcast this evening and wanted to comment on some of what I heard.
In the program, there is a guy named Rodney who was once a conservative Christian, who drifted into liberal theology, and who now says he has a “deistic philosophy” and he says he is “agnostic about most religious questions.”
He says he has same sex attraction, and was put off to Christianity for (among other reasons):
How American conservative Christianity tends to over-identify with, or promote, the Republican Party (right wing American party), and that some preachers are too condemning of homosexual persons.
Rodney also says he does not accept the notion of an eternal Hell.
A few times, Rodney mentions that he has a deist- like view of God. He thinks all of us humans are rats, the earth is a big laboratory, and God is a scientist in a white lab coat observing us all but not intervening.
Rodney thinks if God is involved with human life, that God should do things like cause all members of ISIS (terrorist group) to drop dead of heart attacks. He does not believe that God helps people to pass school tests, find parking spaces, or cures diseases.
The show had a Christian author and guest on named Os, who replied to some of Rodney’s points.
_Some of my thoughts on the show and the topics Rodney raised._
1.) Politics and Liberal Vs Conservative Christianity
I am right wing politically and have been a Republican (GOP) my entire life.
I have very large misgivings about the GOP the last few years, though, so I’m not totally sure where I stand politically, though I do not ever see myself becoming a liberal or a Democrat.
I do agree with Rodney that too many conservative Christians conflate Christianity with the Republican party.
But then, a lot of liberal Christians or liberal Christian denominations entwine a lot of liberal beliefs and causes with the faith too, (such as support of abortion, the Democratic Party, liberalism, and homosexual marriage).