Roger Ebert misses the point

Film critic Roger Ebert explains his belief system with these words: "I consider myself Catholic, lock, stock and barrel, with this technical loophole: I cannot believe in God."

That's a heck of a loophole. To use a simile from Ebert's profession, it's a little like considering yourself a "Citizen Kane" fan without believing in Orson Welles.


It's the old thing of thinking religions are fraternities. That is never applied to ideologies. No one says "I am a progressive, but I voted against Obama, do not support gay rights, do not support abortion, do not support progressive taxation, do not support women's rights and think America should be ruled by absolute monarchy with an established Catholic Church and an inquisition for the purpose of hunting out heretics."
His belief system = unbelief...It's like saying "I'm a Christian but I don't believe the Bible"...or "I'm a Christian but I don't follow Christ"...
Unfortunately, I have to give that remark a thumbs down.
I am a vegan, lock, stock, and barrel, with this technical loophole: I eat steak every dinner.
At any rate, he doesn't do a very good job of explaining how he's a Catholic, which seems based mostly on some long ago participation.

He also doesn't get his facts straight. What he refers to and embraces as "classical liberalism" is actually liberalism in its modern form. And his discussion on coveting your neighbor's wife is not only off base but insulting.

It's sad to read that piece. He's been through a heck of an ordeal in recent years, and I wish he would have walked through it with God.
Not really; after all plenty of William Shakespeare fans don't believe in William Shakespeare. It is more like claiming to be a Confederate and a Yankee at the same time.

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