Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pretending to be Christians

From the Freakonomics blog, an email about faking cultural Christianity in Texas:
We are agnostics living deep in the heart of Texas and our family fakes Christianity for social reasons. It’s not so much for the sake of my husband or myself but for our young children. We found by experience that if we were truthful about not being regular church attenders, the play dates suddenly ended. Thus started the faking of the religious funk.
The blog author goes on to wonder how many fake their political ideologies as well. What does this say about a church culture, or at least the perception of the church by those outside of it? Perhaps on a deeper level, what does this say about the inner wiring of human beings and social contexts?

(ht to kottke)

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