Does Christianity have a redeeming feature?


Well, I know there are Christians who are going to disagree and that is really welcome. Having said that, I will go ahead to write why I think Christianity as a religion or a worldview whatever its adherents want to call it, has no redeeming feature. I will just give a few examples and hopefully we can develop the list together.

1. It is life denying

In the old testament, women are treated as impure after childbirth, that they need cleansing. They tell us man is born sinful [I know the evangelicals are moving away from the doctrine of original sin]. They condemn you at birth and at the grave. They tell you, rather their greatest prophet, Jeebus tells you that to be angry is as good as murder, he criminalizes sensual thoughts. He, Jeebus, even curses a tree out of season!

2. Death is the modus operandi

In all situations where their god has felt like redeeming humanity, a people he condemns in the beginning of Genesis, he has chosen blood as his method. The difference has always been in numbers, but death all the same.

3. Their supposed god has favorites

In Genesis, he chooses the gifts of Abel over those of Cain without any reason. The christian apologist insists their supposed god is all loving. Where was the love when he chose the sons of Jacob as a special group, where was the love when he killed the child born of David and Uriah’s wife, where was the love when he stopped the sun for 6 hours? so that Joshua could continue butchering, where was the love when his prophet killed all the prophets of Baal?

4. It is anti- secularism, anti- intellectualism 

There is no verse in the bible that encourages doubt and inquiry. It requires you to submit to authority and nothing more. All its laws are not earth based, they are meant to please the heavens. Nowhere is dissent preached, nowhere is independence of mind advocated, it calls people sheep and its adherents are truly sheeples[many if not all of them]!

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As a bonus, there is a piece on free will over at WEIT that some of you maybe interested in looking at.

Jim Al-Khalili mistakes unpredictability for free will

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

52 thoughts on “Does Christianity have a redeeming feature?

  1. Mordanicus says:

    Excellent! The point is that most christians don’t read or know the bible, for instance how many christians know that jesus told them to hate their family?

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  2. A very clear message, Mak! I really like how you put ‘life denying’ at number one. People being dirty sinners who should be condemned for what they think…yes, that does say it all. 🙂

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    • makagutu says:

      You know, this condemnations starts just a few chapters after Genesis 1 and the theists want to convince us their god is all loving and merciful!

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  3. Duncan says:

    shallow thought yu have on this.

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  4. Duncan says:

    must religion be logical? give religion its space of being, jus as philosophy is on logic, religion is on faith.

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  5. One of the few “redeeming” features of Christianity is the sense of community that one can find. I’ve attended mass a couple times to see what it was like and, while the sermons were too lofty and contrived-feel, it was actually rather peaceful. Not all religious people believe that their faith is necessarily rational. It’s the bible thumpers that you gotta watch out for. A friend of mine is Catholic, goes to church every Sunday, but he’s read even less of The Bible than I have. He’s also annoyed by uber-Catholics and mainly believes in just not harming others.

    So while Christianity – and other religions – have been used to justify irrationality and stupidity, devoutness comes in varying degrees. People like my friend can belong to a community (without being a bigotted idiot).

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    • makagutu says:

      A case can be made for community but then I would argue it is not unique to Christianity. The Greeks met in the agora, the Romans in the forum and senate houses. So appealing to the sense of community does not redeem Christianity because it is a human response.

      Your Catholic friend does not follow his creed simply because he has discovered he can be good or even better without the creed. So this is not an argument against the Christians, but their creed.

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  6. john zande says:

    Anti-Intellectual, anti-secular is what bites me the hardest. Believe in magic men in the sky if you want to, just leave that shit at the door, thank you.

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    • themodernidiot says:

      Pardon me Makagutu, I’m going to hijack this part of your blog over here to pick on JZ for a bit…because I can. Jump in if you want.

      So, chronology guy, who says they live in the sky? Elvis eats at Burger King.

      But seriously, answer me this because I am totally ignorant of atheist ‘ideas’ (and alien ones for that matter): any idea why I hear so many atheists discount the possibly of gods, but then turn around and praise what they claim to be a domineering (benevolent or no), interference of aliens? Isn’t that just trading one version of gods for another?

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    • makagutu says:

      It’s threats all the way!

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  7. aguywithoutboxers says:

    Initially I thought of two good qualities of this belief system that I find admirable but are often (always?) downplayed by the hypocrites who follow (supposedly) this creed. However, after reading your essay, I find myself questioning that thought. Nice job and good points, my friend.

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    • makagutu says:

      The Christians and muslims and Judaists are better than their creed. If any of them claims they are good because of their creed, we have to handle them with a long rod!

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  8. Christians may have redeeming features. Christianity does not. The few bits that are humane and decent, can be found in much better sources. Ones that don’t need acrobatic apologetics.

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  9. themodernidiot says:

    We have Christmas. We get free stuff and vacation days. That’s kinda bad ass 🙂

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  10. violetwisp says:

    Very good points, I especially like the seldom mentioned part where the god God has favourites. That always seemed bizarre. I think Christianity does have a couple of redeeming features though. The first being the social aspect that someone has touched upon, which I think is especially important for older people in some societies. They are quite often living alone, far from any family and the church gives them a reliable and trustworthy sense of community and social contact that bingo and the library don’t quite stretch to. The second is Christianity’s contribution to architecture and art generally – lots of cool things wouldn’t exist without it.

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    • makagutu says:

      We would still have got the music and art without Christianity since they aren’t so to speak special to it. I think the religion has no redeeming features, it’s adherents try to redeem it because they are better than their creed.

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      • emmylgant says:

        I don’t know about that. Yes, of course we would have art anyway, I grant you. But there is something very moving and unique about some art work that seeks to touch the divine, not appease it, but to transcend the physical world and reach into the spiritual. I am thinking specifically about the gothic cathedrals with their lacy stones and the stained glass that changes the light within the “sacred” space. It is more than the sum of its parts in those spaces, it reflects a whole humanity seeking to understand and cope with its tragedies and yearnings. I am not moved the same way in shinto or Budhist temples or mosques. It could be entirely cultural…

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        • makagutu says:

          I think it is entirely cultural. The Buddhist must feel the same sense of awe when they get to a temple of Buddha or visit the sites that are said to have been visited by the great sage. The Greeks felt the same way about the Parthenon, the Egyptians felt the same way about the Pyramids, and am sure the Aztecs must have felt the same way about the Ziggarat.

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  11. foolsmusings says:

    Not only does it provide no value, but it’s counterproductive to a healthy society.

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  12. Eric Alagan says:

    People, no matter what they believe/don’t believe – have redeeming features. Religions as practised by many – very little redeeming features.

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