Young Earth Creationism. I can’t… I mean… the pure quackadoodle stubbornness it takes to stand in front of the mountains of evidence that our universe, our planet, and life is very old and insist that we read the bible a particular (very modern) way in defiance of all that… There is nothing credible in this teaching at all. Early humans riding dinosaurs – it’s Hanna-Barbera writes theology. It would be entirely hilarious if it wasn’t also disturbing that there are enough people who believe this stuff to influence our school boards and our text books.
The perpetual virginity of Mary, and the further nuttiness of the immaculate conception of Mary. I mean, come on. Technically, the second one is a dogma, which is even worse than a doctrine, but both are just silly. Original sin is not a sexually transmitted disease.
I’m going in a different direction. Communion, the Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper. It’s weird to me that we as Christians proclaim to ingest our Lord, that bread and wine are somehow “the body and blood of Christ given for you.” That’s enough to make anyone say, “Umm, what?” The doctrine of Transubstantiation (that the bread and wine/juice is instantly transformed into the actual body and blood of Jesus miraculously) is particularly weird, but let’s face it even without that, it’s still strange. Yet it is also my favorite and it as a weekly practice is one of the reasons I choose the Disciples of Christ denomination. Quite frankly it is one of the best moments of the week when I get to stand in front of my congregation and proclaim the feast of thanksgiving. To offer grace in a specific and tangible way and put into practice my Christianity in a touch and taste action. But let’s be real, it’s also weird.