nontheistpilgrim Posted March 11, 2019 Share Posted March 11, 2019 A bit of background...I am growing more into nontheism as I read and think. I see no return to christianity ever. My partner is a Christian and attends the church where once I was the minister. We have the greatest love and respect for each other. The said church has a need for an organist. I can play the organ. The church has stated that they are happy for me, as a non believer, to play occasionally. I believe that church should be a joyful place where people have fun being together. Why shouldn't I play occasionally? The stuff that is said and sung in church drives me mad... that's when I cannot avoid listening! But I don't feel that I am being hypocritical as my purpose in playing is to facilitate ‘community'. Now to my point. This morning they sang ‘How blest are they, and only they, who in his truth confide'. Rubbish! This is a theologically middle of the road church. I would be very surprised if many of the congregation were thinking about what they were singing. But not for the first time I found myself thinking "scratch the surface of the average person in the pew and you will find a fundamentalist". This site appears to me to be meeting the needs of ex-fundamentalists. So my question is: do folks here agree that there is a fundamental fundamentalism underneath the surface of most Christians in the pews? And has this got implications for our attitude to ‘curious’ people who come here? I also am interested in any views about possible differences in this subject between USA and UK. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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