Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Letter of the day: Same old fundamentalism

  • Print

Bill Redekop's article on the success of the Southland Community Church (Religious revival, Sept. 24) paints a rosy picture of the wonderful role this church plays in Steinbach.

As almost all of these evangelical mega-churches do, it uses charismatic leaders, modern marketing techniques and emotional manipulation to sell its product. And what is that product? Well, I visited their website to find out.

When perusing their list of core values, I found the same old fundamentalist doctrines that can be found in any of today's mega-churches -- for example, denial of the fact of evolution and condemnation of homosexuality, premarital sex, abortion and divorce.

Of course, they are also believers in a literal hell and separating humanity into the saved and unsaved. I have to wonder how it is that the members of this church, and many more like it, manage to accept that they worship a god who sends unbelievers to eternal torture and punishment for the thought crime of disbelief. For according to this doctrine, our actions are completely irrelevant to where we end up.

I suppose they must be OK with the idea that people such as Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Christopher Reeve and Helen Keller are already writhing in hell, to be followed at some point by Lance Armstrong, Bill Gates, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Brad Pitt and many more.

Perhaps it is people's need for black-and-white answers to life's difficult problems or the comfort of a community that sends people flocking to these churches. I myself am more satisfied to be a part of the growing community of atheists and secular humanists. We may not have huge buildings, coffee shops or splashy new technology, but I'll take reason, empathy, kindness, inclusiveness and intellectual honesty any day.

DIANA GOODS
Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 28, 2011 A15

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Rumor's 30th Anniversary with Mike Wilmot, Darryl Lenox, Dave Hemstad & Derek Edwards

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A young gosling prepares to eat dandelions on King Edward St Thursday morning-See Bryksa 30 Day goose challenge- Day 17- bonus - May 24, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • MIKE.DEAL@FREEPRESS.MB.CA 110621 - Tuesday, June 21, 2011 -  Doug Chorney, president Keystone Agricultural Producers flight over South Western Manitoba to check on the condition of farming fields. MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
my2011poy

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Are you concerned about the death of a seal at the Assiniboine Park Zoo?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google