Cafeteria Religion

  (18 November 07)
  by Greg Spearritt

Some wise words from A. J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically - One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible:

[T]here is some picking and choosing in following the Bible, and I think that's OK. Some people call that cafeteria religion, which is supposed to be a disparaging term, but I think there's nothing wrong with cafeterias, I've had some delicious meals in cafeterias. I've also had some terrible meals in cafeterias. It's all about picking the right parts.

Jacobs tells Newsweek what he's learned from his year of 'literal living'. Christianity Today carries an interesting review of the book.

Cafeteria religion is all very well, but for mine Jacobs limits the menu far too much. I believe we're better off to live eclectically rather than biblically: use inspiration and wisdom wherever they're found, be it in religious texts of any persuasion, poetry, song lyrics or history books.


Greg,good blog!
A secular reading shows the reader that the perepathetic Galilean preacher wandered from village or town to another and was often seen knocking around with "cafetaria" people ;they were from all walks of life;some were the so-called despicable Samaritans, the feared and hated Romans, the scandalous whores etc.I actually prefer the phrase "Smogasbord" religion where there is a healthy spread of all sorts of nourishing fare and one is free to roam along the table picking whatever one liked.A verty eclectic sort of process where religion is concerned but it gives you what youre looking for at that moment in time.
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