Religion & Beliefs

“Faith”=Cheesey

I've been thinking about some of the comments posted about why Jews avoid words like "faith" and the subject bothers me.  Because an aversion to an idea, and an aversion to the semantics surrounding an idea…. are very different things.  … Read More

By / November 8, 2006

I've been thinking about some of the comments posted about why Jews avoid words like "faith" and the subject bothers me. 

Because an aversion to an idea, and an aversion to the semantics surrounding an idea…. are very different things.  I wonder if, maybe, our aversion to "faith" is not so much about not wanting to be Christian as it is not wanting to look/sound/appear Christian.

If that's the case, then we just need a good dose of what "faith" is really supposed to be. "Faith" divorced from dumbass Baptist bakesales, fluffy bangs and cheesey smiles that curdle milk.  "Faith" is not about being nice, or friendly, or making casseroles.  "Faith" is not about praying near a flagpole. "Faith is about radical ideas, social justice, revolution.

And I know I'm lucky, raised as I was with Catholic Worker types all around, and wacky defrocked priests, gay-art-student-services, and demonstrations as prayer. So my aesthetic associations with "faith" might be a little unusual, but LOOK!  This is what "faith" can be.  Social Justice, smart wry voices, fucking brilliant prose.  (Killing the Buddha is always on the money!)