What if Christianity was never about God? When you’re driving along at 85 mph and see a sign that says your speed is being monitored by drone, you’ll probably slow down, even if you don’t see a drone. The reason you’ll slow down is to avoid punishment (a speeding ticket). What if the reason a person told you that God, like that drone, is up in the sky watching your every move, was actually to get you to do some things that he wants you to do, even though he told you those things are what God wants you to do? How powerful might that person’s influence over you be, if he told you that God will punish you and you will suffer for all eternity if you don’t do those things? Might you give that person your money? Your vote? Maybe even your life? Perhaps the same person gave you a book (the Bible) and told you that it documents the things God wants you to do. But, why do those things, which God supposedly wants you to do, change, in the second half of that book (the New Testament)? Do you believe another person when he changes his story, or do you think he’s lying to you? Why don’t you think God is lying to you when He changes His story? Are you sure God won’t change His story again and write a new chapter for the book - perhaps a Third Testament, which will require you to do entirely different things? Are you even sure it was God who wrote the story in the Bible? Perhaps it was just people who wrote it, without any help or inspiration from a god.
These are the types of questions explored in Status Quon’t. Rather than provide answers to them, Katilyn Pulcher asks her readers to think for themselves and help establish a widespread, ever-evolving state of critical thought and personalized belief systems. She does not ask her readers to abandon their beliefs in God. Though she does not believe in the Christian god, she does believe there could be a god or a higher power of some kind somewhere, or maybe even everywhere and within all of us. What do you think?
On Monday, July 6, 2020, I woke up, but my hands and feet did not. Why wasn’t that tingling and numbness going away? Surely I couldn’t have slept in such an awkward position that all four of my extremities fell asleep, could I? As the week went on, my legs became weaker and weaker, until I could barely walk my dog around the block. On Sunday, I drove to the emergency room in a panic.
Some women who prefer to remain child-free have a desire to raise children, and some of them have no desire to raise children, but all of them have a stronger desire to experience other things than to experience raising children, and thus, they have chosen not to.
In any system of life, the status quo seeks to maintain itself until violently forced to change. We see this in economies, social groups, and even earthquakes. The very ground we stand on does not budge without a fuss. No matter how great the need for a new status quo, nor how grotesque or oppressive the current one is, its upheaval requires tremendous effort and mass buy-in. Even the change of a status quo as horrific as slavery required a bloody civil war.
Although challenging a status quo can be scary, with potentially severe ramifications, it always starts with something as simple as a probing question. For me, the question was, “Is everything I learned in church and in the Bible actually true, and if not, then what is the truth?” My book does not give a definitive answer to establish a new status quo because I don’t want people to blindly follow advice from me any more than I want them to blindly follow advice from the Bible. What I hope for is a status quon’t, a dynamic state of critical thought, authenticity, and personalized belief systems — the antithesis of groupthink.