WHY I BELIEVE CONCLUSION I do not consider myself a Christian, or an atheist. If one were
WHY I BELIEVE
I do not consider myself a Christian, or an atheist. If one were to pigeonhole my own personal
philosophy with a label, it might be "weak atheist" or "strong agnostic," because any belief
concerning God is completely nonexistent from my mind. However, I don't reject all religion or
spirituality out of hand. Religion and spirituality are an integral part of our humanity. Along with the
artistic and intellectual sides of people, they balance our being. The quote by Einstein at the end of
my chapter 3 commentary captures the essence of how I feel about religion.
When I began reading Why I Believe, I developed a genuine great respect for the author. I was
initially quite impressed with Dr. Kennedy's intelligence and thoughtfulness. I could understand why
a Christian might enjoy his ministry. However, my respect evaporated as I began my quest for
further knowledge concerning the subjects on which his book speaks. In this series of essays I
discovered some good things in the book, but I have also shown that it overflows with half-truths,
misrepresentations, distortions, twisted facts, and outright lies. After researching what Kennedy did
not say, I now feel a moral obligation to point out that he appears to be a man whose sources of
historical information are unreliable, whose selective pleading cannot be trusted, and who will even
lie to promote his religion. I should add that there are many honest Christians who do not make
false claims about their faith. One such example I discovered in my search is author Lloyd J.
Averill, Professor of Theology and Preaching at Northwest Theological Union in Seattle.
The particular metaphysics of Christianity, whether described in the Bible or elsewhere, is
especially suspect in the hands of the kind of Christian who seeks moral absolutism, political
authority, and control over other people. Then, Christianity becomes politically partisan and
generally dangerous, and its spirituality gets sapped and replaced by an agenda of power. In my
view, such Christians are not well-balanced, neither intellectuality nor with their regard for others.
D. James Kennedy appears to fit this description.
Is Dr. Kennedy merely ignorant but well-meaning, or is he intentionally deceptive? Regardless of
his motivations, I am saddened that many innocent trusting Christians will read his book and accept
blindly its contents as fact. Basing your beliefs on such shaky foundations leaves you open to
spiritual destruction! If Satan exists at all, he'd probably appreciate this book.
In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis pointed out that it is on the very altar of God where true
believers are most susceptible to Satan. All of the literary stories about the Devil portray him as
handsome and smooth-talking, and the people who are blindest to him, to whom he appeals the
most, are the most sanctimonious, self-righteous, and self-assured - the leaders of the church!
After all my research, I now believe I have managed to unmask evil masquerading as good. D.
James Kennedy, in my mind, is exactly the sort of False Teacher that honest Christians everywhere
should rise up against.
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