Talk about selling a new brand of religion, this “pastor” is over the top.
According to him, you don’t have to believe in the silly things, like the Bible, Jesus or Heaven in order to practice Christianity. He calls these core elements of Christianity, “artifacts.”
Much like America, the attack on the church is from within.
From Frontlines, we learn,
The claim is made by Oregon-based Presbyterian USA Minister John Shuck in an article titled “I’m a Presbyterian Minister Who Doesn’t Believe in God”.
He claims that “[b]elief-less Christianity is thriving” in the article, published in Patheos’ The Friendly Atheist blog.
“We all have been trained to think that Christianity is about believing things,” Shuck said in the article. “Its symbols and artifacts (God, Bible, Jesus, Heaven, etc) must be accepted in a certain way.
And when times change and these beliefs are no longer credible, the choices we are left with are either rejection or fundamentalism.”
Shuck also used the article to say that he takes offence at not being called a Christian. The minister said that while he rejects the Bible as literal truth, and denies the existence of Heaven and Hell, he is still a “proud minister.”