I don’t very often post sermons here, simply because I really don’t listen to a lot of recorded sermons very often.  The other day, however, I came across s short sermon on Youtube by Greg Boyd entitled “The Pathology of the Religious”.  Boyd draws a lot from his book Repenting of Religion in this sermon (he also has a new book that touches on similar themes called The Myth of a Christian Religion), but the nice thing is that total sermon is less than 20 minutes long (I’m all for brevity when it comes to public speaking!).  I find Boyd’s comparison of a religious person to a clinically sociapathic person to be spot-on.  Please note that when Boyd uses the word “sociopath”, he is actually using it in the clinical sense and not as an ad hominem attack of any sort.  He is simply making the point that just as sociopathic people try to manipulate others by focusing solely on external behavior, a religious person attempts to in essence manipulate God.

I hope they are a blessing to you.

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1   Chris P.    
June 26th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

“a religious person attempts to in essence manipulate God.”

Gee, an open theist is preaching against those who attempt to manipulate God.
Now that’s funny!

2   Phil Miller    http://pmwords.blogspot.com
June 29th, 2009 at 9:12 am

Gee, an open theist is preaching against those who attempt to manipulate God.
Now that’s funny!

What’s funny is that you show your complete ignorance of the actual content of the sermon and your inability to understand what Greg Boyd actually believes pertaining Open Theism at the same time. But why let facts get in the way of your meme?

3   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
June 29th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Here is an example of the paranoia of being religious. Please tell me in God’s dear Name what could possibly be wrong with these lyrics??

The Church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is His new creation
By water and the Word:

From heav’n He came and sought her
To be His holy Bride;
With His own blood He bought her,
And for her life He died.

Elect from every nation,
Yet one o’er all the earth,
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;

One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.

‘Mid toil and tribulation,
And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
Of peace for evermore;

Till, with the vision glorious,
Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won:

O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we,
Like them, the meek and lowly,
In love may dwell with Thee.

(I have highlighted the early attempt to slide mysticism into hymnology. Please wake up and guard your hearts against any trace of mystic sweet communion with Jesus. It will kill you!)

4   nc    
June 29th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Open Theism is most def. NOT about manipulating God…as if that were possible…

5   room2blog    http://room2blog.wordpress.com
June 29th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Rick… you oughta mark sarcasm more clearly or you’ll tempt people into meditating over the meaning of your words… you know that can’t be good and it’s a slippery slide.

6   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
June 29th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

r2b – I know. Dave Mmarriot is usually a reasonable guy but his suggestion to remove that hymn is mindboggling.

7   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
June 29th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

BTW – I sometimes have mystic sweet communion with Jesus, but it usually takes at least three trips around the labryinth and 20 minutes of yoga. :cool: