I just read an article in Newsweek Magazine, The End of Christian America, and found it quite interesting. With Easter so close and my mind thinking about God and religions and spirituality more than usual, the article is timely I guess. It's a long article, but will be interesting to the religious and not-so-religious alike.
In the meantime, I have set to record two Discovery Channel shows that will be playing during this Easter season: Jesus, the Missing History and Who Was the Real Jesus? - a three-part series. Although I was brought up a Southern Baptist, I am most certainly not one now - and never climbed aboard when I was a child. Church was an uncomfortable, fidgety place for me and I didn't like the sound of the organ playing or the songs or the extremely uncomfortable pews - or really anything about "religion" as it was presented to me then. I find God in nature when I am alone - and being in church was a suffo- cating experience. Suffocating and noisy and uncomfortable. But I find Jesus very interesting and enjoy discovering new things about him. And I believe in God. I am just not attached to a religion.
Last weekend I watched Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ. I saw one of the original showings of the movie at the Fox Theater in Atlanta as a child when my parents made a day of it. This picture below shows the inside of the Fox Theater. It's a special place.
And it was quite an occasion when we went to see Ben Hur there - and very different for us as a family to do such a thing. I still remember scenes in the movie from when I was just eight years old. And I found parts of it quite moving when I watched it last Sunday. Moving and painful... and uplifting too.
I am looking forward to watching the upcoming shows on Jesus, and Mike said he'd even watch them with me if it's about his life and history. We like the things Jesus says; they resonate with us. We just don't like how man has twisted things around so much with his interpretation and human ego... and we don't want someone or a religion telling us how to interpret God and Jesus. That's between us and them.