"Has religion in general and Christianity in particular degenerated to
the level that it has become little more than a veil under which anger can
be legitimatized? What happened to that biblical proclamation that the
disciples of Jesus are to be known by their love?
3 How does religious anger
fit in with the Fourth Gospel's interpretation of Jesus' purpose to be that
of bringing life more abundantly?" 4
"Perhaps the time has come to recognize that Christianity was never meant to be about religion; it is to be about life. The achievement of personal security is the goal of religion. The ability to live with integrity in the midst of the insecurity of life is the goal of Christianity. Religion seeks to control life with guilt. Christianity seeks to free people to be all that they can be. There is a vast difference. Perhaps it will take the death of religion to open us once again to the meaning of Christianity, even 'Religionless Christianity.' For the purpose of Jesus was not to make us religious but to make us fully human."