In Newsweek’s recent Interview Issue, comedian and talk show host Bill Maher commented that the focus of Christianity is “saving your own ass.”

Newsweek reader Tom Brady then wrote in to refute this, saying that “Christianity’s focus includes feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, welcoming the despised, and sometimes risking one’s life to speak truth to power.”  Brady also says that Maher’s statement shows “an appalling ignorance of authentic faith.”

Yes. But I’d also say it shows that there are appallingly few Christians publicly demonstrating this authentic faith. Maher, and many others, have only seen the Christians whose first concern is “have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.”

So which Christianity do you think is likely to attract more disciples?

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