Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Collection of Catholic Responses to Jefferson Bethke's "Hate Religion but Love Jesus" Video

Now that the dust has settled from the uproar caused by Jefferson Bethke's popular YouTube video, it is possible to collect the Catholic responses into one location. I think all of these commentators are converging around the same points, but it is still interesting to see the different angles of approach that people use. Plus, the more ammunition at your disposal the better. Bethke's philosophy of religion is nothing new. Catholics need to know how to respond to it.

Here's what I've been able to find so far. Note that some of these articles don't explicitly mention Bethke or his video, but they still address the issues that Bethke has raised. If you find a link I should add, please leave a comment and let me know.

Of course, you can also read my post: A Catholic Response to "Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus" by Jefferson Bethke

Pax Christi,


  1. Wow, there's enough to read for the next week! But it is worth it, I love your response, Nick!!


  2. another great one!


  3. Hey, just wanted to say a huge thank you for linking to the Team Orthodoxy blog and my video response on the Bethke vid. God bless you and your blog. In the Immaculata, Chris (www.orthodoxcatholicism.com)

  4. You should add these ones

  5. I love the Willy Wonka pic! When it comes to Religion we cannot see it as the things we do in order to attain the gift og Salvation. If so I would love to read your forthcoming commentary on the book of Galatians.

    Religion, as James says is about expressing your faith. (helping orphans, widows, watching the mouth, keeping yourself from the polution of the world)

    Bethke throws religion under the bus a bit, but he does so using the world's definition of religion. He is trying to appeal to the world, showing them that the most important thing is trusting Jesus. (Which isn't against religion and IS the most important thing 1 Corinthians 15)

  6. Another short but still good response http://www.gadel.info/2012/01/does-jesus-hate-religion-too.html#axzz2VRi1y6qT

  7. Another good article, it doesn't addresses Bethke and his video but yes to the popular "relationship vs religion" idea common to evangelicals. http://www.catholicbridge.com/catholic/relationship_vs_religion.php

  8. Another one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnRNANKzEiE

  9. Another http://catholicyouthministry.com/watching-youtube-religiously/

  10. God bless you for all the work you do, World needs more people like you.


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