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  •  Savage strikes me as one-sided in his review (2+ / 0-)
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    Ian Reifowitz, JBL55

    Then again, Chu's book seems to be as well.

    Faith is a gift that we accept or reject as our free will and conscience dictate. It's expression through a particular brand of religion helps us to nurture that gift.

    So, I don't think that Chu is right, Mr. Byers finds peace and expression of his faith as a pantheist. Savage finds peace in rejecting the gift of faith and being an atheist.

    On the other hand, Savage is wrong as well.  Mr. Byers was unfaithful to his wife and family. He married his wife under false pretense.  He signed a contract with a religious affiliated school in which he agreed that homosexual conduct was grounds for dismissal. That his wife and children left him and that he was fired is a consequence of his actions and his dishonesty, not acts of religious violence.

    Moreover, there are different denominations of Christianity that do accept gay people. Anti-gay bigotry is not synonymous with Christianity, only certain versions of it.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 07:40:50 AM PDT

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