Greetings And Salutations From Miss Banshee

Miss BansheeHi, all! I’m Miss Banshee, and first of all I’d like to thank Aaron quite sincerely for agreeing to do this little project. We like and respect each other a great deal, so if you came here from my blog or are a regular reader of Cultural Savage, please respect the fact that we all have opinions and beliefs. You respect mine, AND Aaron’s, I’ll respect yours. End of lecture.

A little about myself: I am a former Catholic, current Agnostic, who, as I describe it, had the “religion beaten out of me” during 15 consecutive years of Catholic education. My personal beliefs regarding religion are that everyone is entitled to their own sense of spirituality, but I have found that the bounds of organized religion are not for me. I have no fond memories of being a part of an organized religion. I was emotionally abused by nuns throughout my schooling, and learned that their god was a god to be feared.

I still fear that god. I still have moments in which my Catholic upbringing rears its ugly head. If I hear an ambulance (which is quite often, I live down the street from a hospital) I subtly make the sign of the cross. I talk to my god, AND the terrifying god of my youth. I also have major issues with paranoia (a completely different topic) so when things go down the crapper, I immediately revert back to that scared little girl in her uniform, terrified that this god will punish those I love because I am “a bad person.”

I am also full of piss and vinegar. I love being irreverent, I have a mouth on me that shows my deep New Jersey roots, and if I ever got the chance to punch one of those nuns, I would without a second glance. I’m also a lady, dammit.


Aaron and I are friends who run in very different circles of belief. This fascinates me, as he does not fit  the “Christian” that I know; the judgmental hater who wants to bomb abortion clinics and waves signs that say “God Kills Fags Dead.” That is the Christianity I know. I’m here to open a conversation with Aaron, his readers, and mine, about spirituality, philosophy, and religion, to hopefully create a better sense of understanding between the godless heathen (moi) and the saved believer (Aaron.)

I’m also a complete smartass, if you haven’t guessed.

That’s enough out of me, I’ll give Aaron the floor now. Aaron? Why are we doing this? (“we’re gonna get crucified” joke omitted)

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  • This looks like fun.

  • This is gonna be good.

  • SelkieBlue

    Cool! I look forward to some wild & fun give and take. Btw, I also am a Christian whose beliefs center on Jesus being totally loving & accepting of everyone. I figure if someone sins its between them & their God to sort out when the bucket is kicked. None of my business unless it causes someone pain.
    Anyway, I look forward to this! Thanks.

  • RedSonja

    I came here from Miss Banshee's blog, and am interested to follow the discussion. I am an atheist with many loved ones who are Christian at varying degrees of devoutness, so anything that can help me understand them is of value.

    I would be interested in asking Aaron, though – if you don't take the Bible literally, as in follow every commandment and rule and believe that there was a literal Adam and Eve, how did you decide that the New Testament, ie the Jesus story, was part TO take literally? Obviously if you DO take it all literally, then there's not much question there. 🙂

    • @RedSonja I'm glad you stopped by.

      I don't take all the bible 'literally'. But I do believe it to be true.

      It is a book that has many different literary genres in it. I read the poems as poetry, the narratives as narratives, letters as letters, etc… It's also important to remember that the people that wrote the words of the bible wrote from within their specific time, place, and culture. So, what we in 2010 America might want to read as historical fact may not have been written that way. Example: the creation myth: while I do believe it is true that God created the cosmos and formed human kind in his image, I don't think that it actually happened in the exact, literal way it was written down. This doesn't mean it didn't happen at all and it doesn't make it not true, just means that the story was written in a different culture/time to convey truth to us and show us something about the nature, character, and intention of God.

      The point of the bible isn't to give us a history lesson; it is meant to show us God as reveled in Jesus and his accomplished mission of salvation amidst a broken, jacked up humanity and hurting world.

  • I love chatting religion. It usually gets me in a lot of trouble because contrary to what most people say they don't really want to chat they want to convert one way or the other. I think this will be interesting.

  • Elizabeth

    Looking forward to this as it progresses. 🙂

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