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Defining "Us" by Hostility

Countdown Day 24:
In the Bible I read about love, love, love, but in various Christian subcultures in which I’ve participated, I keep encountering fear, superiority, and hostility. In a wild array of forms, the message comes to me from the centers of religious power: I can’t belong to our us unless I am against our them. I’ve found that a lot of old-fashioned nastiness can lurk within that old-time religion. (Brian D. McLaren, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? p. 14)
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