I’ve had this idea bubbling up within my mind, so I just had to express it here. I certainly do prefer to use the word dislike rather than hate, given the large number of friends I have who are conservative. Still, my dislike is rather intense. Before I start, I’d better define what I mean by conservative. I was going to say evangelical instead, but there are a number who go by that definition who I immensely respect. Conservative refers to a way of seeing that is currently the most popular in churches across the world, which defines us in a relationship to a personal God who has dictated specifics on lifestyle and belief. So, here goes:
- Conservative Christianity sees itself as ultimate and all other religious or spiritual ideas as inferior.
- As such, Conservative Christianity seeks the invasion of cultures and traditions for the propagation of its own system, with some very destructive consequences.
- Conservative Christianity places more emphasis on belief than action.
- Conservative Christianity encourages a dependence of the believer on the minister, the church, and the Bible, with little room for critical thinking.
- Given the power of the Institution and the Book, Conservative Christianity powerfully influences the believer to think and act irrationally.
- The common experience of Conservative Christianity – conversion – places a heavy emphasis on the afterlife, and little emphasis on transformation in this life.
- As such, Conservative Christians deem themselves to be ‘closer to God’ than the non-believer, yet their morality and lifestyle is often indistinguishable to the outsider.
- The church services of Conservative Christianity are commonly passive rather than active in parishioner engagement – very little is expected of the congregation except to be quiet and pay their tithes.
- Due to their popularity, Conservative Christian churches are attractive forms of social interaction, which draws a diverse audience. Sadly, this diversity must conform to the tenets of Conservative Christianity, at the risk of rejection.
- The absolute worst component of Conservative Christianity, the one thing that I actually do hate, is the use of fear as a motivator for conversion – namely, the fear of eternal torment in hell. The god of Conservative Christianity is particularly vicious, torturing billions for the sake of belief.
Of course, I could go on, but ten seems to be a key number when creating lists. Fortunately, there is a groundswell of movement, howbeit small at present, of people engaging their minds with a progressive approach to Christianity – and that truly excites me.