70% Of American Christians Do Not Believe Non-Christians Will Go To Hell; One American Does Not Care
I am always amazed that so many people care about the religious views of Americans. The most pernicious types on this are the Jon Meacham-types - who try to make a virtue of the "deep faith" of Americans - he's made a good living writing about it. But then there are the other types who try to prove how "broadminded" these religious types are. Charles Blow is one of those:
In June, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life published a controversial survey in which 70 percent of Americans said that they believed religions other than theirs could lead to eternal life. This threw evangelicals into a tizzy. After all, the Bible makes it clear that heaven is a velvet-roped V.I.P. area reserved for Christians. Jesus said so: “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” But the survey suggested that Americans just weren’t buying that.
That's nice and all, but who really cares? Let people believe what they want to believe. So long as these religious beliefs are not dictating to others. There is a certain danger in caring about the religious views of Americans - it makes it a part of our public political life. Me, I am more interested in what the Founding Fathers thought about the mixing of religion in public politics - "Congress shall make no Law . . ." After that, my interest wanes. I do not care what percentage of American Christians think I am going to burn in hell. So long as they do not bother me here on Earth, I am good to go.
Speaking for me only
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