follow-up to a recent church-related post

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It seems like churches today ought to be very much up-front about certain topics that are hot-button issues. Obviously I can’t tell them what to put on their websites or literature, but I can suggest they make the following items very obvious and clear:

  1. Whether they do or do not prohibit or otherwise discourage the selection of female pastors/reverends/popes or whatever title used for the sermonizer, and whether they do or don’t make prohibitions based on some other gender or sexual orientation status.
  2. Whether or not they actively discourage women from having full control of their own bodies and reproduction.
  3. Whether they do or don’t promote belief in eternal hell torture, demons, or a devil.

If any believers out there are shopping for a church, these might be critical decision points. To reply that “We just go by whatever the holy book says,” rather than answer these specific questions is not an adequate answer. Are any Christian churches, for example, going to take Deuteronomy 23:1 seriously? Hope not.

Today’s non-believer quote:

“The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.”
– George Bernard Shaw

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