Over the last two decades, the gulf between Christianity the faith and Christianity the system has widened to the point where they're nearly antithetical. To a non-Christian, the spectacle is painful and deeply puzzling. The obsessive focus on secondary matters like stem cell research and same-sex marriage, pursued by some "Christian" leaders to a wildly vindictive extent, has reduced religion to an issue-by-issue political lobby, which should probably be compelled to register as such and pay taxes. As its coercive component increases, it seems to have increasingly less to do with the worship of the man who said, "Judge not, lest ye be judged" and "My kingdom is not of this world." The politicization of the church has turned all American Christians, in effect, into un-Christians. Or at least, so it seems... More >>>