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Christianity &Science Thomas on 05 Dec 2011 12:05 am

Priest says Hell is an invention of the church to control people with fear

Here is a priest describing his version of “hell”:

I don’t think hell exists… Religion is always in the control business. And that is something people don’t really understand. It is in the guilt-producing control business.

What’s amazing is that, because “god” is silent (because he is imaginary), any religious person can make up anything they like on god’s behalf and spout off about it all day. Strangely, religious people are unable to see how ridiculous this sort of ambiguity is.

If “god” were a real, existing being, we would all know exactly what he thinks, what we are supposed to do and not do, etc. It would all be unambiguously communicated. A perfect, omnipotent, loving being would have no other choice.

3 Responses to “Priest says Hell is an invention of the church to control people with fear”

  1. on 05 Dec 2011 at 12:12 am 1.Hjalti said …

    Well, that’s actually a bishop and an atheist.

  2. on 05 Dec 2011 at 12:13 am 2.Hjalti said …

    Well, not maybe an “atheist”, but he isn’t a “theist”.

  3. on 05 Dec 2011 at 1:53 am 3.Anonymous said …


    “John Shelby “Jack” Spong (born June 16, 1931) is a retired American bishop of the Episcopal Church. He was formerly the Bishop of Newark (based in Newark, New Jersey). He is a liberal Christian theologian, religion commentator and author.”

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