…despite the fact that I do have confused, confusing, postmodern, nebulous theistic leanings…
Basically, there’s no box available for ‘post-Christian’, although that’s probably the most apt description for what I am. I’m in an on-going, multiyear process of thinking through life, the universe and everything: here are a few of the waystations, but there’s lots more if you go for a dig through the archives:
I guess I could write in ‘post-Christian’, but I suspect they wouldn’t mean the same by it as I would (or they’d just assume I attend by correspondence).
But the bigger reason is that, no matter what my personal beliefs, I’m afraid I believe the influence of Christianity on government in Australia is generally pernicious, and I disagree with the Christian lobby on almost every social issue.
If I checked ‘Christian’, I would become a statistic that would be pointed to in supporting the agenda of the Christian lobby, and as such would end up supporting all the things I strongly disagree with and vice versa.
So the decision to choose ‘No religion’ is more an ethical one than a religious one, for me.
I think part of it, though, is that Christianity itself has been hijacked by political conservatives and other forces… from my reading of the Bible, Jesus was much more likely to be on my side of most of the issues than theirs.
Wonder what He’d tick?