The Authority-free Church and its tame god

Do you want to be ordained without having having to believe much of anything? Do you want to dispense with seminary and take care of things in a few minutes? Well, then Universal Life Church is for you. After you get your certificate you can send away for some “priestwear” and off you go. You can even go on a TV talk show, looking serene and authoritative, wearing your clerical collar. It happened recently.

ULC’s motto: “Do only that which is right.” Says who, you may ask? Whence authority deriv’st? Never mind.

This denial of reality leads back again to Lewis, from Mere Christianity:

One reason why many people find Creative Evolution so attractive is that it gives one much of the emotional comfort of believing in God and none of the less pleasant consequences (like obeying Him). When you are feeling fit and the sun is shining and you do not want to believe that the whole universe is a mere mechanical dance of atoms, it is nice to be able to think of this great mysterious Force rolling on through the centuries and carrying you on its crest. If, on the other hand, you want to do something rather shabby, the Life-Force being only a blind force, with no morals and no mind, will never interfere with you like the troublesome God we learned about when we were children. The Life-Force is a sort of tame God. You can switch it on when you want, but it will not bother you. All the thrills of religion and none of the cost. Is the Life-Force the greatest achievement of wishful thinking the world has yet seen?

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