For a soc project about children's books, today I checked out "The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs" and "The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig." Kid at the Love Library circulation desk says, "heavy reading, eh?" Yes, I say, and while you're at it you could at least go to the trouble of being as charismatic as the guy at Bennett Martin when I was getting Caldecott winners that were about snow on a snowy day -- "Ah, some appropriate reading." I don't blame the college kid though. Some people have to fall back on sarcasm because they haven't got the hutzpah to be sincere. Like me, usually.
Also, I just finished Jonathon Kirsch's "God Against the Gods," an account of monotheism' defeat of polytheism in the Roman Empire and thus the modern world. Kirsch romances with the pagans, stressing their acceptance in the face of monotheism's ongoing exclusivity and seeming need to kill people who subscribe to another deity's newsletter, or just read the same deity's a different way. So it's been underdog afternoon for me, reading the other side of the story, in fairy tales and Western Civilization.
So, I'm post-Christian, I think largely because I see monotheistic religion more as a social force than a theological one, and one that's done more than its share of harm. On top of theological disagreement, call it the "I don't want to be a part of that" syndrome. So, do you judge your faith by its teachings, or its actions? Outside of its exclusivity, I would embrace much of the gospel message. But there is that whole "No one to the father except through me" thing, and also nobody was listening to Jesus' social welfare platform.
Also, this was on Slate today: http://www.slate.com/id/2139365/nav/tap2/
Maybe. It's hard, as a secularist, to work with people who are too hung up on Jesus -- we are speaking the same language. But, if we could get past the mystery of the trinity and St. Paul's meddling and see are in at least the same political book, it could work.