Is Christianity an Opiate or a Truth Serum?: A Homage to John W. Montgomery’s “Sensible Christianity”

Friday, 30 Jun 2017

“RELIGION . . . IS THE OPIATE OF THE PEOPLE.”1 Karl Marx’s well-known maxim illustrates a disturbing reality: Too often religion merely makes people feel better about themselves. Some say that religion is no more than a placebo, a deceptively ineffectual medicine, meant to fool the patient into having hope where no real hope exists. Sadly, this is too often true—some religious groups are no more than opiates providing transient highs based on individual feelings rather than on verifiable, ultimate truths. If theology underwent an epistemological metamorphosis by girding itself with verifiable facts, the game would ...

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