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This post by Allen Clifton originally appeared at Forward Progressives.

 

I think anyone who follows me even somewhat regularly knows that I’m a Christian. I know that’s not always a popular thing to be as a liberal, but it’s a fact nonetheless. That being said, I detest organized religion.

What “religion” is to me is a human-made concoction meant to promote the personal views of some while degrading the views of others.

Honestly the only reason I call myself a “Christian” is because it’s easier than saying, “I believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the values for which he stood. That being said, I oppose most things that have been written in the Bible as it is clear that much of the text has been influenced by the personal views of those in charge of translating the text through time.”

I’ve talked “religion” with Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Atheists (yes I consider Atheism a form of religion) and it’s amazing how personally we’re all pretty much the same. Our core values as human beings are basically identical. Things like being a good person, helping the helpless and defending the defenseless. Generally just being good people.

And isn’t that what life is about? Isn’t that what we should all strive to be as humans?

Why is it so many care so much about the personal religious views of others? If everyone kept their beliefs private (as they should be), practiced them in the appropriate places and didn’t judge others who believed differently – can you imagine how much more peaceful the world would be? More

God Is Not Three Guys in the Sky: Jeanette Blonigen Clancy

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 Soft cover

223 pages

Dimensions: 6 x 9
Published April 2007

ISBN 1-59298-178-X
Theology
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Beaver’s Pond Group

Table of contents

Includes index, bibliography, and endnotes.

God Is Not Three Guys in the Sky is a synthesis of studies on the historical Jesus, mythology, feminist theology, Jungian thought, and comparative religions. Who buys this book?

What readers are saying:

“Jeanette, it’s the most applicable spiritual work I’ve read since M.Scott Peck five years ago. I’ve read some Carl Jung and you do him proud—very clear. I’ve read Michael Morewood—you’re smoother and more personal. I’ve read John Shelby Spong—you’re more Catholic. I’ve read Matthew Fox and you’re more concise.

For me as a cradle Catholic also, it’s a radical, life-changing, soul-enhancing book. Congratulations! “

Ron Ohmann, former physician and St. Cloud Times columnist

Christianity mistakes its myth for history and its symbol for fact.

In this non-literal and inclusive interpretation of Christian doctrine Jeanette Blonigen Clancy urges Christians to abandon their claim to being the one and only true religion. With evidence from scholars and a variety of traditions, Clancy examines questions about__ 

            the Christ

            truth and myth in scripture,

            God and human consciousness,

            the mystical Reign proclaimed by the man Jesus.

Her answers to these questions will delight many, disturb others, and fascinate all readers.

Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Native Americans, Jews, atheists, and pagans are included with Christians in this synthesis of spiritual currents. Here is a vision of global harmony

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