[quote=montanaman]I’ve been coming across this little semantic dance in my efforts on the Protest Warrior forum. I think it’s obvious on its face why it’s a load, but that’s the problem–explaining the obvious. The best I can tell, it’s merely a semantical or perception problem, but several people there really take this to heart. They reduce Christianity to a “relationship” with Jesus like a “My Buddy” doll. Christianity is a relationship, not a religion…
Anyone else come across this little bit of sophistry?
I have, and I find it quite silly, precisely because it is so obvious.
As you can tell from the Merriam-Webster definition, there’s no doubt that Christians are "religious"and that, by default, Christianity is a “religion.” From a semantic angle, there’s no doubting that Christians are “religious.”
Now, some well-intentioned folks will often take the “relationship” angle to reduce any need for a community (and,therefore, accountability to a group or a set of ideas that might not jive with their own desires). I’ve often wondered who baptizes these people, and what they read; certainly, the letters of St. Paul weren’t written to a bunch of happy-go-lucky individuals looking to boost their “relationship” with God; he wrote to organized churches, so that they might, as a community, through worship and love, come to a deeper relationship with God.
Good luck trying to explain the obvious.