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Jesus and the Church

Chapter 1: Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus


Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus

Spoken Word Made Flesh

Film Focus Point: The video “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” reflects an increasing sentiment in contemporary culture which denigrates the importance of religion in one’s spirituality. The second video, “Spoken Word Made Flesh—Fr. John Hollowell,” provides a thoughtful response to the assertions made by Jeffrey Bethke in the first video.

Text Focus Point: Pages 3–5

Discussion Questions:

  1. How does Jeffrey Bethke differentiate between faith and religion?
  2. What criticisms about religion are arguably valid? Which are unfair and inaccurate?
  3. Which of Fr. John Hollowell’s insights best address Mr. Bethke’s sentiments?
  4. What passages from the Gospels affirm Jesus’ desire to create a Church rather than simply having individual followers? What important functions does the institutional Church play in the lives of Christians?  

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