Quote of the Day
In terms of Christian holidays, I’ve always found Easter to make the least amount of sense. Think about it---the central justification of Christianity is that Christ died for your sins, a giant human sacrifice to buy salvation for anyone who wants it, right? But since Jesus isn’t actually dead, and instead is up and walking around in the space of a long weekend, it’s not much of a sacrifice, is it? His is supposed to be the most important death of all of human history, but actually, it’s the least troubling since it didn’t stick like it does for 100% of everyone else. The resurrection always took the impact of the sacrifice away for me, and I suspect that’s somewhat true for believers, too, who dwell not on images of stones being rolled away or former corpses walking around, but on the image of Christ on the cross. Face it, the resurrection cheapens the whole thing, and reads like it’s tacked on to give people a happy ending.--Amanda Marcotte, on Pandagon
The morality implied by Christian theology doesn't really fit our moral intuitions if we take a moment to stop and examine it.
This brings to mind another issue, which is: The questions "Is Christian theology true?" and "Is Christian theology morally sound?" are separate questions. (By Christian theology I mean something along the lines of the Nicene creed and the actions of God as depicted in the Bible.) I answer both questions in the negative. But I can imagine people answering yes-yes ("God exists and is good"), no-yes ("There's no God, but the universe would be morally better if there were.") and even yes-no ("God, you're an immoral bastard!").