The Christian Paradox

From Harpers.org:

America is simultaneously the most professedly Christian of the developed nations and the least Christian in its behavior. That paradox—more important, perhaps, than the much touted ability of French women to stay thin on a diet of chocolate and cheese—illuminates the hollow at the core of our boastful, careening culture.

(via Kottke.org)

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  1. Chocolate, cheese and freedom fries! That´s the complete diet.

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  2. Isay,

    That article is a load of crap. Anyone can take polls and come up with statistics they want to prove a point, but unless they poll every last American, they don’t know squat.

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  3. mfv,

    look, whatever the exact numbers are, it jives with the attitude.
    if people really were as religious as they said they were, the US would be a better place than it thinks it is.

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  4. McGee,

    There’s a difference between being religious and being self-righteous. Most Americans are uninformed, self-righteous Christians. This truly is a dumb nation.

    After all, more than half of these halfwits still believe that Saddam Hussein played a direct role in 9/11, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. We believe what we want to when it suits our purposes…and America’s purpose right now is to kill Arabs and take their oil.

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  5. Isay,

    I feel so sorry, genuinely, for your depressing, pessimistic, hate-filled attitude about your country and yourselves. There really is so much to appreciate and be proud of.

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  6. Hmmm, I don’t see where you get the idea that anybody in the comments or the post hates their country. Perhaps you can clear up your last statement again Isay.

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  7. Isay,

    “Most Americans are uninformed, self-righteous Christians. This truly is a dumb nation.”

    “whatever the exact numbers are, it jives with the attitude.”

    “the US would be a better place than it thinks it is.”

    “…illuminates the hollow at the core of our boastful, careening culture.”

    Very clear. Is there something on your site that shows that you like your country? That you are proud of it? I understand you have named it “cynical-c” for a reason, but it is genuinely very sad. Many people would like to take your place in your country if they could.

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  8. Anonymous,

    For McGee who thinks most Americans are halfwits who want to kill Arabs and steal their oil:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/003/378fmxyz.asp

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  9. Isay, I didn’t realize I had to have a flag in the corner of my site to show that I love my country. You seem to be the type of person who confuses criticism with detestment. There is always room for improvement, and the Bush administration has shown that there is a lot to be improved.

    I am not going to click on the weeklystandard link. I don’t listen to neocons.

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  10. Eugene,

    There’s more to patriotism than just a display of form; it lies in the substance. If one is truly patriotic, one would take a good look at one’s country, criticise the areas that are deplorable, and strive to improve it, and in the process strengthen the social fabric of the country.

    It is not the mindless flag-displaying, blind acceptance of statements from the government, and the “my country can do no wrong” and “the holier than thou” sentiment that makes one a patriot. Just like constructive criticisms make a person better through being aware of their faults, it is very much the same thing when it comes to one’s country.

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