I had the priviledge this past weekend of hearing Marcus Borg speak in Seattle and was pleasantly suprised when he began with a light-hearted piece about beer. It's seems every where I go, the subject of beer in relation to faith just crops up.
The next night, I went to a local microbrewery to video a blurb about my book and several of the patrons came up to me afterwards to voice their interest in my story. My friend John and I ended up chatting with Melody and her husband over some nice Belgium Porter about open-minded faith and how the church has squelched certain freedoms, one being the responsible enjoyment of beer. It really is a shame, because it's true. Beer really is better than religion (but not genuine reasoned faith) and here are nine perfectly good reasons why with my additional thoughts:
1. No one will kill you for not drinking beer. [Or devise some elaborate torture method, use it on you, and claim they're doing you a favor by compelling you to recant and thereby save your soul]
2. Beer has never caused a major war. [Or a nasty church split]
3. Beer doesn’t tell you how to have sex. [Nor when to have it]
4. When you have a beer, you don’t knock on people’s doors trying to give it away. [Or hand out simplistic tracts that you have to apologize for to intellectual types]
5. They don’t try to force beer on minors who can’t think for themselves. [Or force it on adults by telling them it's dangerous to think for themselves]
6. You don’t have to wait 2000 years for a second beer. [Or a second well-crafted microbrew fit for a returning King]
7. There are laws saying that beer labels can’t lie to you. [Or decieve, manipulate, or twist the truth]
8. You can prove you have a beer. [No need to blindly believe because a church or a pope says so]
9. If you’ve devoted your life to beer, there are groups to help you stop. [They meet in buildings devoted to religion]
Any other reasons beer is better? I welcome your comments.