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Impotent religions and the violence of the state – ABC Religion & Ethics – Opinion

All three solutions share two basic assumptions. The first is that loyalty to the state must be primary and loyalty to your religion, if any, always secondary. The second is that your religion can be separated from your politics. Religion is thereby made into a lifestyle choice – subordinate to and under the control of the state…

The term “religion” now delimits a particular, limited sphere of activity, a form of life like golf or novel-writing in scope and meaning…

American Jews and Christians have become, for the most part, just what you would expect of those who have embraced the category “religion” for their Christianness or Jewishness – that is, hobbyists and cheerleaders.

The former because their Christianity and their Judaism have become for them a part-time leisure activity, and the latter because so far as the question of the relation of their Christianness or Jewishness to the state comes to mind, they will think of it as one of unambiguous and enthusiastic support – that is, as cheerleaders…

Neither ought we to forget that – first, the modern settlement of religion’s place within the state is unstable and probably cannot long endure, and, second, that the hobbyist-cheerleader is a role that, if adopted, means the end of those forms of religion (particularly Islam and Christianity) that have more comprehensive ambitions for their significance for their adherents than such a pinched, impotent role permits.

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