22nd November 2018
Chalke Talk 51: Is religion the invention of the powerful – the ultimate mechanism for maintaining control?

In the past weeks, Steve has been looking at what it means to "Love others" and "Love ourselves," but this week unpacks why it is so difficult for us "to love God." 

Some may attribute this to a lack of faith, but Steve sees the issue as much different: "God" has been weaponised by those in power all throughout history. And as such, loving a God, who has been made out to be angry and guilt-inducing, is really difficult.

But that's exactly the point. Part of loving God means taking the time to understand how his character has been misconstrued. This all comes to a head, in Genesis 1, Steve argues, which is a direct attack on the gods of that day, and how they were used by authorities to manipulate the marginalised. 

So considering the fact that God has always been used by those in power to control others, how does this change the way we not only think about God but how we think about others and ourselves?

What are the implications for you of the ways in which the writers of the Genesis story deliberately chose to subvert the old and sadly still too popular ways of understanding creation and humanity?

 

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