Who Counts as Christian?
Over at Rod Dreher’s Beliefnet.com blog, he’s wondering were the line between Christian and non-Christian sits [http://blog.beliefnet.com/roddreher/2010/01/atheist-pwns-liberal-christian.html].
“The dividing line is not really between “liberals” and “conservatives” in Christianity or any other religion. After all, one can be a perfectly orthodox Christian and profess socialism as a political doctrine. No, the real line is between those who believe that religion makes statements about the the world as it is, and those who believe religion makes statements about the values and inner life of those who profess it. In other words, does religion provide an objective account of reality, or is it an expression of the subjective preferences of the person who professes it?”
The problem with Dreher’s line drawing is that it excludes an important alternative. What about the possibility of a relational Christian faith? That is, a faith that is neither about objective statements or subjective expressions, but lived relationships with oneself, one’s God, one’s neighbor, and one’s enemy.
A relational Christian faith is a possibility that Dreher overlooks.