Before I make into discussing religious Atheism, let me touch upon another subject from my previous weeks of Christian thought. I have oft repeated my dislike for cliques for a variety of reasons, mostly because I tend to think these produce factional distinctions within the Christian church that either hinders people from developing their walks further or fellow-shipping within the church. My personal pet peeve when it comes to cliques is the major sin that comes with the package.
If the church had something that dispelled believers effectively, I would often assume that the origins were with the gossip. Cliques often happen to make matters tremendously difficult, especially whenever someone tries to develop a clarification or a misapprehension that came from the rumor. Rather than allowing someone to continue in peace; much of the drama continues where the person becomes alienated and ostracized. I have personally had a few bad run-ins with issues that were not truly resolved mostly because of something said that were partially or entirely misunderstood.
Sometimes I wish church would repent of these wrongs; this would allow the church to focus on other matters that could really benefit the surrounding community. At least that would be a start of true revivalism i.e., emphasizing the church’s needs for personal conversion and renewal, not creating the ‘ideal environment.’