Many commenters on this blog say what I write is too negative. “Why not say something positive about Freethinkers or atheists instead of bashing Christianity all the time.”
It is true I mostly write about the things in religion there is not evidence to support. I would argue, however, much of religious expression is similar. It is about criticizing the other.
One of our regular commenters posted a nonbeliever’s joke the other day. A man is found on a deserted island. Those who rescued him found two small church-like buildings.
“Why the two churches when you have been living here all by yourself?” they asked.
“It’s simple,” the man answered. “I go into one to pray. The other I refuse to enter.”
When I was young, Catholics were not “allowed” to attend a Protestant service nor clergy participate in a mixed religion wedding. At least that is what Catholics lay people said.
Recently, a set of Lutherans and Presbyterians left their denominations in a huff over gay marriage. The bitterness of the splits will mean, I would guess, most will never set foot in the others’ churches.
The hundreds of Protestant denominations and factions of the Catholic Church who disagree with one another are groups that focus on their disagreements. Each believes all others are in error.
We who find ourselves unable to believe are in the same circumstances. Like church members, we tend to focus on how we are different from believers.
Believers and nonbelievers are the same in this way.