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September 18, 2009

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I have not read Lotz’s book but this statement "Religion is an impediment to knowing God...Procedures, rituals, creeds: how in the world can they help you connect with God?" is very odd.

Procedures? That amazes me. Procedures. Procedures being actions like prayer, devotion, education, etc.

Procedures. Really?

I think it's important for Mrs. Lotz to clarify what she means by "religion" and "procedures" because if she is referring to mindless repetition of liturgy, I agree. But if she is throwing the baby out with the bathwater, that's where we might find contention.

I think I'd probably find Anne Graham Lotz more of an impediment to finding God: it's all relative. :)

Anyway, I look forward to the show!

I am sure she is using a term like "procedures" purposely. Religious procedures that are somehow thought to gain some sort of acceptance from God. The actions of prayer, devotion etc. are not "religion" if they are done as a loving response to a loving God who is the continuous initiator of the love relationship between God and man.

I hope Ms Lotz is being rhetorical.

Religion as an "impediment to knowing God" is a common theme in contemporary Christianity. It is akin to the phrase, "It's not about religion, it's about relationship". It's a false dichotomy. Yes, it is about relationship, AND it is about religion.

How is this an impediment: "a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects" - religion as defined by Dictionary.com.

What would Christianity be with a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices (AKA - essential doctrines)?

And, what good is your relationship if it is with the wrong Jesus? No good - we might call you a JW or a LDS.

It is your 'religion' that gives validity to your 'relationship'.

I agree with you, Bob S.

I think if that's what Lotz thinks, then it's more what I'd expect to hear from Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra, not a Christian...

Thanks for the thoughts!

I think she is just projecting her world view on to the others. She does not appear to be religious and believes we don't have to be religious. But I would say that we all follow one religion or other, whether Christianity, or another organized religion or the religion or believe in atheism. We all have relations with something outside of our selves, there is not way around it. Question is does it comport to what really IS? Belief does not make something real, but something real should be something you believe in.

While I haven't read Mrs. Lotz's book, I think I know what she means about "religion," or ritual, being an impediment.
However, I hope that she clearly defines her terms in the book. What she is saying has a certain New Age ring to it that might be misleading to nonbelievers and to Christians who are still drinking spiritual milk. Maybe this is a way of generating controversy in order to sell a few more volumes. (I'm talking about the publishers and not necessarily Mrs. Lotz.)

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