or "Who Would Argue With Oprah On Her Own Show?"
or "Faith From An Ape" (see Later Section)
So, God Tube has become one of my new fav. sites to find some of the crazy things Christians put up. I know a lot of the stuff has good intentions, and many of the videos can be really inspiring. But there are some (like the one I posted on U2) that are just crazy, and really show how ignorant some people can be. I mean that in the most academic sense of the word, and don't hold the person accountable who posted it (they were being creative and sharing what they thought which they have every right to do), but more so the lack of education that happens in the our churches. Not teaching people to think critically= ignorance in the members.
I found this interesting video from Oprah where a couple of people try to "convert" Oprah's beliefs/thoughts on her own program by arguing with her. Interesting technique! I'm sure she changed!
Check it out:
NOTE: I AM NOT SAYING I AGREE WITH OPRAH OR ANY OF THE OTHER VIEWS STATED, I AM SIMPLY DISPLAYING SOMETHING INTERESTING AND WOULD LOVE FEEDBACK. Of course I've heard these Christian arguments before, but Oprah makes some good points because many people are ASKING those EXACT same questions, and this is a great example of HOW Christians respond to those questions. Not with discussion, but with argument. REALLY? How often does that work?
Now Oprah is one of my wife's fav. people, and I respect her for many reasons. One being that she has done more good in our world than many Christians have even thought about doing! An interesting side note: Fox News reported on this subject today...an interesting article/development...worth the read.
Although not a hero of mine, Oprah plugs one of my fav. books: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. This book WILL mess with your head if you don't throw it down after the first couple of chapters. Yes the premise of a teaching/talking gorilla seems ridiculous, but there is a LOT of reasoning behind his choice of that as the main Character. If you haven't read the book, I highly suggest it!
Oprah states that one of the things that Quinn points out is the mistake of believing that there is only "one way". This book comes at life from an evolutionary psychological standpoint. It asks a LOT bigger questions that that. It asks the mother of all questions...what if we aren't the apex of creation? I mean we are the apex of evolution right now, but what if something comes next? What if we are where the Jellyfish was at one point: the apex of evolution until something evolved to surpass it. EVERYTHING we know, do, think, and believe is all dependant on the idea that humanity is the apex of creation and that everything was made for us. What if that weren't true (meaning in line with Reality)? What would change?
Anyway, I can't do the book justice, and am not promoting my beliefs, but stating that I think Quinn raises some great philosophical ideas that makes a person think. To me personally, it says a lot about our place and responsibility to the environment...but that's for another post.
So...some things to think about. How do we approach people who have questions/ different ideas on faith and beliefs? Is the way in which we approach them in line with our own beliefs (i.e. love God, love neighbor)? Why are Christians so scared of having real conversations! This is just ONE reason that mainstream churches are not reaching postmodern people; why there is a gap between the youth group and the baby-boomers in their pews!
leave your feedback, I'd love to hear ANY thoughts about the video, book, or something mentioned in this post.