Post Script to a Christian Nation

Post Script to a Christian Nation

“…[W]hen people think about the atheists out there, it would be helpful if they at least acknowledge that there are numerous approaches to non-belief just as there are a wide variety of ways to believe.

“With that in mind, let’s invite more of everyone to participate in the discussion.  In fact, the discussion should not be held in some far off conference room with only those invited seated at the table.  We should all be having the discussion, within our communities and neighborhoods.  At the party, in the coffee shop, at the community center, even at each other’s dinner tables.”            

Nica Lalli

We are all just people, you and I.  Not so very different—believers and nonbelievers. For the most part we all have hopes, fears, and dreams.  Most of the time, we just hope for life to be better for everyone.

We nonbelievers are afraid you don’t know us for who we are.  We’ve been reticent to speak out.  You might be glad of that.  But that isn’t what’s best for both or either of us.

Our relationship with society has been one-sided.   We’ve been more than kind.  We’ve not been critical of all the events and meetings you start with an observance of your religion.  We don’t complain too much about your slogans on our money or your 1954 insertion of “under God” in a pledge of allegiance that should have been for all of us.

We think it is worth it for both of us to seek some parity in our relationship especially when you look at the hell that’s been arrived at recently in the hand basket of politics—the overblown vitriol in the reporting real and imagined offenses has escalated the Left vs. the Right to the brink of violence.  Let me assure you, we will consider no Second Amendment solutions, only First Amendment solutions.  We hope that goes for you, too.

We’re genuinely worried about the nonbelievers of this generation and the next.  We don’t want them to suffer in silence the way we had to.

We do have or can develop a sense of kinship, a commonality with religion. You can help with that.  We can find that union where religion intersects humanism, where a common path leads to the ennobling of the human spirit.  Where self and society can call upon each other to grow, to ascend further for the greater common good and the benefit and improvement of both.

If something on that high road beckons to you, call out to us.  We may sometimes be weak in that area.  We must help each other if we don’t want to be seduced to the low road of negative reaction.  It’s not impossible in this increasingly charged atmosphere that a few crazed radicals could spark violence that could spin out of control.  That would more likely be from your side.

Ultimately, we should dwell not on the beliefs that divide us, for we’ll find that everywhere, rather, we should focus on the humanity that unites us.

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  • 1. Aimee Reed  |  June 25, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Well said. But to be honest, I don’t want to be considered religious. Maybe that’s my hangup. Religion brings up images of mindless, rote actions which don’t lead to life and being called religious makes believers sound judgmental and stiff. I know you don’t mean that for me personally and I’m not offended but I just want the word redeemed. Just like I don’t like to be called a ‘Christian’ because it conjures up an immediate feeling in people. Some good. Some bad. But the word has been misused and abused that walls come between people because it’s not been represented well.

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  • 2. Douglas Falknor  |  June 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    My book coach pointed out that I have information about this book on the blog and it’s misleading. The on just published started out as “Confession… ” but as I said in recent comment, this evolved into the book that’s published. I’m anxious for you to see the one on Amazon–but it doesn’t seem to search by the title: Religion is God’s Way of Showing Us it’s a lot Earlier in Human Evolution than We Thought. Sounds a lot worse, I know, but it actually is much more mellow and I recommend that you “look inside” on Amazon. It remains mindful of a secular spirituality from the beginning and it gets to a secular spirituality well before the end (the table of contents will bear that out).

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