8 Myths About Christianity
By Stephen Bedard
The Church in general and Christians in particular have made many mistakes. But if you are going to criticize Christianity, stick to the facts. Here are eight myths about Christianity that are common.
1. Religious wars have killed more people than any other cause. This is simply not true. While many wars in the past had a religious element to it, the reason was that for most of that time, 99% of people were religious. However, secularism has quickly caught up. If you look at just Stalin, a seminary dropout and avowed atheist (anti-theist?), you have more deaths than any of the religious wars of the past.
2. Christianity is anti-science. Critics, such as Richard Dawkins, have argued that religion must be stamped out if there is to be any scientific advancement. He fails to mention that many of the scientific breakthroughs of the past came from a Christian context. The whole mess with Galileo was not about religion vs. secular science. It was about a religious group that was wrong vs. a religious scientist that was correct. Even today, there are many well-respected scientists that are Christians. Tell Francis Collins that Christianity is anti-science.
3. Christianity is anti-reason. This comes from a misunderstanding of faith. People think that faith means that we ignore anything we discover with our natural senses. It is not true. Most Christians are very reasonable and rational (I say most because it is only most people in general). We interpret the Bible and theology using our reason. Reason is one of the four parts of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral.
4. Christians interpret the Bible literally. While there are differences of interpretation among Christians, I do not know anyone who really interprets the Bible literally (even though they may claim it). Just because Jesus described himself as a door does not mean he has a door knob in his belly button. The world does not really have four corners and pi is not really 3. Christians understand what a figure of speech is. We are not stupid…
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