Monday, April 27, 2009

Changing your religion
From Rod Dreher
Interestingly, most Protestants who move around within Protestantism don’t do so for doctrinal reasons, but because they either got married, moved, or had some other practical reason for jumping sides.

Actually, movement around Protestant denominations is not new. It just used to be based on the economic status of the individual and you chose your denomination on the basis of where you fit in, theology having very little to do with it.
Doubtless true since the 1700s.

The Sicilian Woman in the comments thread speaks for Bad Catholics and how they’re different from Modernists (who are really name-the-ethnic-group liberal Protestants) and is also a good libertarian here:
A turbulent time was about to hit a little over 10 years ago, so I went back to attending Mass, even though I disagreed, and still do, with many of the RC Church’s major tenets, because I remembered the routine — stand, sit, kneel, repeat. I needed, wanted, some formal way of recognizing God, and, even though the RC Church didn’t provide me religious tenets that I could believe, it did provide me with a time and place each week where I could take part in some formal observance.

That being said, I have no desire to change the RC Church. It is what it is, it believes what it believes, and it has a right to do so. Religious affiliation is optional. If someone doesn’t like a particular religion, one is free to find one that suits her/him (or start their own — it’s been done before with success).
When we sin we know we can’t bend the church to make it say it’s not really a sin. Objective truth.

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