The Secularist Critique
a philosophy of religion blog from a catholic perspective

Wednesday, December 10, 2003  

I'm changing my blogging sofware due to the lack of reliability and sophistication on the part of blogger. All new posts will be done at my blog Noetica which also has most of my older stuff. I will keep this site up but not update it.

| posted by theist | 12:53:00 AM

Monday, December 08, 2003  

"Vanity of vanities, all is vanity and striving after wind."

| posted by theist | 12:21:00 AM

Monday, December 01, 2003  

Protestants and cult
I find it curious that has a link to religion News Blog which is a blog run by Apologetics Index, a protestant counter-cult organization.

Now counter-cult organizations are generally secular bullies out to destroy and undermine any religious groups (usually newer ones) that appear odd to their sensibilities and even worse, groups that display cultic tendencies. Now the Catholic Church is definitely a cult, and most of the religious activities of men in history have been cultic, this is a core aspect of the religion phenomena. So, logically they could be attacking the Catholic Church as much as they go after new religious movements. I assume that they overlook it for now because it is old and established, and because under the influence of our secular culture, has unfortunately lost some of its cultic dimensions. But the point is that these groups exist to oppose any religions they think they can get away with (usually the NRM's), which is why it is odd for a Catholic to link to such an organization. Catholics believe in religious freedom, which means that when someone gets involved with some religion that we may personally find strange, we don't start talking about 'brainwashing' and hiring kidnappers to 'rescue' them.

What is even more interesting is that this particular organization is a protestant group that set t themselves against other religious groups other than themselves. This seems particularly revealing to me, because Protestantism is by nature, non-cultic. Protestantism is the rejection of cult, and so the reformation was actually the mother of Western secularism. So it does make some sense that protestants are involved in counter-cult activities.

| posted by theist | 3:12:00 PM