Julie Burchill: I’m a teen atheist turned Christian tryer

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  1. bob.churchill says:

    I found this article very “trying” indeed!

    At times it felt like spoof (“I believe, literally, in the God of the Old Testament”) but she’s a provoker, and this kind of provoking doesn’t work unless you’re at least genuine enough to stick to your guns.

    At one point she says she’s going to be a bit “un-Christian here”. But she’s the anti-thesis of what I would regard as a good Christian all the way through, exhibiting an angry, reactionary Christianity, which is all about her identity and bragging of her good deeds and good decisions and her good route to the faith as opposed to other people’s idiotic routes to the faith.

    Rarely has the behavioural ambiguity hinted at in her phrase “But it wasn’t nasty … it was faith” been so well-exhibited.

    She accuses atheists of hopping on a bandwagon, but she hates atheists (or hates the success of recent writers on atheist themes!) so much, it’s as if her self-admittedly un-spiritual “Christianity” is itself only a reaction to the surge of interest in religion and atheism. Harsh as it may sound, I simply don’t believe that it was the faith she found in response to death that made her a Christian – that would imply that it’s simply some massive coincidence that in a time of heightened awareness of religion she all of a sudden wants to stand herself among the Christians. Rubbish. Rather, it looks for all the world like a retrospective invention, in fact potentially it’s a re-invention of herself, a re-positioning to resurrect the career.

    When she concludes “So that’s my story. It’s not a perfect church, but it’s my church” I’m left wondering what on earth she thinks she’s been talking about. She’s been talking about herself, atheists she hates, and ex-Muslim atheists that she doesn’t hate; not a hint of what “her church” actually means, not a breath about Christian love. From where she seems to be starting from, I can completely agree when she says that trying to be Christian will be pretty damn hard for her.

  2. Margaret Nelson says:

    Consistency never was her strong point, apart from being consistently self-centred.

    JB’s version of “Christianity” has little to do with the orthodox version peddled by Archbishop Williams and others, but that’s how it is for most nominal “Christians” – they make it up as they go along to fit in with their existing preferences and prejudices. Makes it all meaningless, like Julie Burchill. What does she mean? Christ knows!

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