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Why are Christians so un-Christian?

Why are Christians so un-Christian?

Amanda Marcotte sees how conservatives both claim Christ and vilify the poor in contradiction to the teachings and example of Jesus and wonders why this is so?

AlterNet:

In an age where your average Republican politician is thumping the Bible with one hand and trying to strip food from the mouths of the poor with the other, it’s become a sad cliché to point out how little the most outspoken Christians have in common with their charity-preaching, forgiveness-loving messiah. It’s only gotten worse in recent years, with the followers of the man who cured lepers threatening to shut down the government if Obama insists on giving more people access to healthcare.

But while a nudge and a laugh at the silly Christian hypocrites is a good time, it’s worth looking deeper at what’s really going on with the parsimonious haters of the poor who claim to speak for Jesus. The fact of the matter is that right-wing Christians refuse to see their differences with Jesus as hypocrisy. To really understand how religion works in the world of politics, it helps to understand that it’s usually more about rationalizing what you already want to believe than it is about actually studying your religious texts and drawing intelligent conclusions from it.

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Adam Call Roberts

JC Fisher, I think the confusion comes from the rhetorical switch from one definition of 'Christian' to another. One may be a Christian in the sense of identifying as one, but not a Christian in the sense of not following Christ's teachings.

Likewise, someone may be a citizen of the United States yet be "un-American" at the same time.

If we're trying to construct a logical argument, then yes, it does appear to be a fallacy. But if we're simply speaking rhetorically, even most of the "no true Scotsman" examples you hear in Intro to Philosophy make sense, and are comprehensibly to most audiences.

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tgflux

"Our fundamentalist neighbors who wrap selves in religiousity, are NOT Christian."

Many secular people (especially of an anti-theist bent) see this as the "No True Scotsman" fallacy. I never know quite how to respond to this---any ideas?

JC Fisher

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ProfWillisHAMoore

Micah got it right: Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. It does NOT matter what one says about Jesus, death on the cross, or Eucharistic participation. Our fundamentalist neighbors who wrap selves in religiousity, are NOT Christian.

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