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September 06, 2007

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Cynthia C

Well, Episcopals tend to be more liberal than, say, Southern Baptists.

FingKASIL

KL: Thank you elucidating this discussion more. Here is where you really grabbed me: "I don't find it cute to pseudo practice Christianity? Do they not get that when they push all these traditions at my children, that at some point, it is at the expense of my own traditions?" While you may feel more aligned with the atheists and agnostics of the world, I can say that you struck a chord with this MOT.

honglien123

I totally hear you on this not necessarily with my in-laws but with American society in general. It's definitely not an easy thing to be Buddhist in a Christian capitalist society. That said, I disagree with you on Buddhists not having any holidays, perhaps many branches don't have any, but one of the major holidays for Mahayana Buddhists is Buddha's Birthday which coincides with the lantern festival that a lot of Asian cultures celebrate. You should check it out. It's fun for the kids and fairly benign.

Mary Witzl

This is a great post.

I am a cultural Christian, and I think Christ was a great model, but I have pretty much given up going to church: not enough Christians there. I love what Gandhi had to say about Christianity: "I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." How true that is, sadly, and there is nothing more disgusting than people who act as though they are superior to others because of their religious beliefs. It is not what we believe that makes us good, it is how we conduct ourselves.

While I do know some wonderful Christians, my husband is a devout atheist, as are a few of my friends, and I would say that they are good, selfless, compassionate people. With atheists like that, who needs Christians?

HCG

Thank you for writing this. My husband and I have had this ongoing debacle concerning the baptizing of our son. I am not on board with it b/c I think he should make the decision to do so himself when he actually understands what is going on. My husband on the other hand has this kneejerk but of course he's getting baptized (much like the of course he's getting circumcized assumption)thing that just won't stop. Luckily for us, neither one of us can get it together to actually attend a church regularly, let alone commit to one. The only reason I'd want to attend frankly is the opportunity to have our kid exposed to a korean/asian community. Of course, there are complications to that as my husband is not korean, and I can't say that Westchester County is really filled with open minded/reality focused koreans...sigh.Anyway this means for now this we need to get him baptized situation is at a stalemate indefinitely. Oh and I'm not baptized either, which is apparently an issue for my husband as well, mainly because he can't stand going up for Communion by himself.

You are right about the whole proselytizing thingie. You cannot get away from it when you are in a church sponsored environment. The whole point of all of these social services is not just to help but to get people to turn and to join a church. One of the things that you're supposed to do when you accept the J man into your life is join a church immediately --- because you'll need to get the support of others just like you lest you fall off the wagon.

Kate

Heh, our kids are being baptized due to family pressure too!

My husband and I are pretty much atheists though I'm not opposed to my children becoming religious on their own as adults. This is something we're doing out of love for our parents and in respect for (what we consider to be) their peculiarities. (Both sets of parents are super-Catholic)

Plus, I get to by cute clothes for it. Woo!

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