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2007-10-15 20:54:21.541317+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Interesting: UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity is a book written for a Christian audience that interviewed "...440 non-Christians and 305 active churchgoers", although that breakdown makes me want to investigate their notion of what "non-Christians" really means. Interestingly, though, according to this article on the book:

The vast majority of non-Christians - 91 percent - said Christianity had an anti-gay image, followed by 87 percent who said it was judgmental and 85 percent who said it was hypocritical.

Such views were held by smaller percentages of the active churchgoers, but the faith still did not fare well: 80 percent agreed with the anti-gay label, 52 percent said Christianity is judgmental, and 47 percent declared it hypocritical.

The article is worth reading, the book may be too. Now if we can get a publisher to tackle Islam in the same light...

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-18 03:56:02.615781+00 by: Larry Burton

I can't agree that Christianity is judgmental or hypocritical. I fully agree that most people who identify themselves as Christians are. I'll include myself in with "most people".

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-18 12:36:59.797532+00 by: Dan Lyke

I can't speak for Christianity, but as a somewhat interested outside observer, especially given the impact that organized Christianity has on the politics of the United States, I'd both like to see much more introspection on this matter from most Christians, and will say that you're one of those who I think has the least introspection to do.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-18 15:48:10.310438+00 by: jeff [edit history]

It's all "cognitive dissonance."