You've probably heard the claim plenty of times: "Christianity is not a religion it is a relationship
". Maybe the empty headed vacuousness of it made you want to scream? Maybe you've seen comparisons showing that if it is like any kind of relationship it is that between the abused and their abuser? Maybe you wondered if anyone actually believed it?
It seems like an obvious dodge to the challenge that there have been so many religions that we all accept as false, so what makes any of the current crop any different? Well, says the christian, those religions were clearly man made, and false... but this isnt another religion, this is something new. God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
Well, for the first time I actually hope they believe this rubbish! You see the census is coming, and it is going to ask what your religion is. The National Secular Society
is planning to reach out to what might be called "cultural christians", people who have no real connection to any church and are apathethic about religious matters, but who may put themselves down as christian because they were once baptised. They want these people to think carefully before aligning themselves with a creed they do not really hold.
This is a good idea, and in a society largely apathetic about religion could show our politicians that their shameless pandering to "faith" is largely wasted effort. Personally I'd like the census to include an option for "Spiritual but nt Religious" as I think many people would chose that over the religion they were raised in. But I'd love to see the "it's a relationship" people follow through on their claim.
Imagine if they couldnt put christianity down as their religion, because it is a relationship, they'd have to put "None" instead. Imagine if the idea spread across the Atlantic to US christians who had to give up their tax exempt status because they weren't religions they were relationships.
I dont expect a single christian who uses this cliche to give up any political influence by sticking by their claim that "it's not a religion", but I can dream.