I was a little surprised by some of the reaction to my last journal. I admit that I came across sounding disparaging of christianity (I was aiming at "gently mocking", but it seems I overshot) but I was very surprised to see Purdy describe it as "shocking".
I've been trying to work out what was shocking about it and have decided that it must be another of those "cultural differences" caused by living on opposite sides of the Atlantic.
In the UK, my views on religion (and christianity in particular) are pretty mainstream. Even tho' we have a state religion over here church attendance have been dropping for fifty years. I'm hard-pressed to think of a single friend who is a practicing christian. Atheism and agnosticism seem to be the most popular "religious beliefs" over here.
The result of this is that theists in the UK are used to people disparaging their beliefs. It's the theists who are usually seen as as slightly strange. A British christian wouldn't see anything shocking in my journal entry as they see and hear similar opinions all the time.
It seems to me that the same is not true in the US. Over there religion still has a very strong hold. And the christians that you find there are far more committed to their beliefs. They are far less likely to hear any dissenting viewpoints and, therefore, get far more shocked when they do.
I have no explaination of this difference and would be very interested in hearing any theories.
And in the meantime I'd like to point out that I certainly didn't intend to shock anyone with my views. I'll try to be more careful in the future.
 There are a few catholics, but the brainwashing that the catholics carry out on their children is so intense that even catholics who no longer believe in god still describe themselves as catholic.