Soc Exam 2 - Erin LaVanway February 27, 2008 Sociology of...

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Erin LaVanway February 27, 2008 Sociology of Religion Exam 2 I . Contemporary Articles on Religion: 2. From Robert Jensen’s article, Finding my Way Back to Church – and Getting Kicked Out: The Struggle Over What It Means to be Christian Today , critically explain what he means by calling himself “A secular Christian. …A Christian Atheist. …a real Christian.” Of what is he “afraid” and how does he think joining a Christian church can help address this fear? What do you think? In the article Finding My Way Back to Church – and Getting Kicked Out: The Struggle Over What It Means to be Christian Today , Robert Jensen calls himself “A secular Christian. …A Christian atheist. …a real Christian.” I think when he uses this phrase, he is talking about this struggle over what it means to be a Christian. He calls himself an atheist because of his doubts and disbeliefs but he doesn’t entirely disbelieve in God. He questions a lot of things and has his doubts, he doesn’t just believe because some one told him, this is the way. He talks about the advances in science and how all of us use the technology and have access to medical help which wouldn’t be available without the break-throughs in science, I think this also helps push this idea of an atheist on him, not because he believes in science, but because of us believing in worldly things too; we don’t just live by faith. I think he calls himself an atheist because of his disbelief or doubts and reliance on science. I think he calls himself a secular Christian because he talks about bringing the church or religion aspect into the everyday world, its ability to
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help those in need and create social change. He says that “The institutions in which people traditionally have come together to learn about the world and organize to change it have mostly checked out – except for, possibly, the church.” This is how he believes that we can create a better future, through the church. Finally, I think he calls himself a real Christian because he does have his thoughts on who God is, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is, or what they are. He is a real Christian because he address’ issues, doubts that he has and shows expression to them and he feels that there are many other Christians that feel the same way, they just wont admit to it, or haven’t addressed them. In this article Jensen also talks about being afraid, he is afraid of, in short, capitalism. In today’s society the few profit over the many; 5% own 90% of this nation’s wealth. This 5% is the percentage of the population that has the power, power to control the world in which we live. This gap between the wealthy and the middle class and poor keeps getting larger and larger. Along with this, social programs are getting cut. These social programs were or are supposed to help the poor, but with funding being cut people are receiving help less and less. Another thing that falls into this topic of capitalism is globalization. Corporations are outsourcing jobs, leaving many jobless and settling for
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