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May 8, 2009

“Church” From the Eyes of an Atheist

Filed under: Books, Christianity, Videos — Tags: , , , , — jodygambrell @ 3:43 pm

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I’ve been reading “Jim & Casper Go To Church” by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper.  The basic premise of the book is this…

Jim Henderson, a Christian, hires Matt Casper, an atheist, to go on a cross-country tour of twelve churches of all shapes, colors, and sizes.  The book is basically a (very funny) dialogue between the Christian and the atheist as they evaluate the pros and cons of each church.

I like the following quote from Jim Henderson:

Otherliness is a word I use to describe people caught in the act of following in the footsteps of Jesus.  They’re focused on others, listening to others and serving others in small, doable ways.”

“many Christians don’t practice otherliness at all; some actually practice beliefism, or the worship of right beliefs.”

“Beliefs are part of life, but when we make them the central identifier of our lives, they can make us mean at worst and shut off to good ideas at the very least.  I simply think Christians need to make a small change.  We need to major in otherliness and minor in beliefs, that’s all.”

Want to know what “outsiders” are thinking of your church?  Read this book.

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2 Comments »

  1. Sounds like a good idea… I’m an atheist and try to be open about other’s religion, but from experience atheists don’t receive this in return… I might check it out!

    Comment by theoates — May 8, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

  2. The problem with this view is that you get a lot of people running around doing things that they call “ministry” without any conviction of how they are to do actual ministry. This is because they do not know what they believe. You have to know what you believe, before you can minister. Your church’s 9:40 service tries to do many things that they describe as “ministry” but most people there do not have a solid foundation of belief. They do something and call it evangelism without ever sharing the gospel.

    Comment by Steven — May 8, 2009 @ 4:35 pm


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