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Originally posted by adjensen
I always thought that Bill O'Reilly was an idiot, but... I don't really have a good way to end that sentence.
"Christianity is not a religion, it is a philosophy."
Seriously? Wow, even parodied by Jon Stewart, O'Reilly's stupidity isn't sufficiently lampooned.
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(For those that don't watch videos, Stewart and O'Reilly have been feuding, and this is Stewart poking fun at a "debate" that O'Reilly had with an atheist, where he stated, repeatedly, that Christianity is not a religion.)
Originally posted by incoserv
[...] when built upon a consistent biblical exegesis and a well thought out and systematic theology [...] systematic reformed theology is considered [...] to be one of the few complete, consistent and holistically integrated systems of philosophical thought in the world.
The need of the hour is to distinguish and differentiate between "religion" and Christianity. Most people in the Western world have so long identified these terms and thought them to be synonymous and equivalent, that it takes a sharp can-opener of rational argument, or the sharper still "word of God" (Heb. 4:12), to reveal the contrasting dichotomy between Christianity and "religion." This attempt to differentiate between the two may indeed be presumptuous, but on the other hand it might be used of God to bring the revelation of spiritual understanding that would allow someone to make the important distinction and enjoy the reality of Jesus' life.
Religion is much more than man’s attempt to reach God. And Christianity is indeed a religion. Moreover, I believe it is dangerous –even foolish— to argue otherwise. The argument that Christianity is not a religion has many inherent problems. Most importantly, this line of reasoning is at odds with the English language, the history of the church, and good old common sense.
O'Reilly: People who admire the philosophy of Christianity. But we are under siege...
Morris:The religion of Christianity. Let me correct you on that.
O'Reilly: We're not gonna debate that now.
Morris: It's also a religion.
O'Reilly:It's a religion but it's a philosophy that is being... administered by different religions. But we'll have you back for that discussion.
Morris: I couldn't let you get away with that.(Source, includes video)