The Friendly Atheist: Religion vs. Relationship

A pretty standard Christian saying is ​“I’m not religious, I’m in a relationship.” Which, as Jake at Between The Trees points out, is entirely Biblical (think about all of the bride/​groom imagery used to explain the relationship between Christ and the Church). But Hemant Mehta (aka The Friendly Atheist) thinks that sounds pretty smug and dishonest: ​“Just say it. You’re Christians. Stop with the We’re not Christians. We’re not part of a religion. We just believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins.”

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