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A Response to “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus” by Jefferson Bethke

“A video has been making the rounds on Facebook recently in which Jefferson Bethke, a young man very talented with the spoken word, explains why he hates religion but loves Jesus. This theory that Jesus (and a relationship with Him) is somehow opposed to religion is all the rage nowadays, especially on college campuses, but does it really add up? I think there are several errors in Bethke’s poetry that are worth addressing.” continue reading

Read the complete post, A Response to “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus” by Jefferson Bethke, at Nick Hardesty’s blog, Phat Catholic Apologetics. Nick’s treatment of the topic is a line-by-line critique of the video, providing a very thorough response.


Nicholas Hardesty has an M.A. in Theology and a Certification in Catechetics from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is currently the Director of Religious Education at Blessed Mother Catholic Church in Owensboro, KY, his hometown parish.



NOTE: Nick is from my neck of the woods and I felt compelled to share his blog post with you because I think that it has an excellent way of dealing with the “Why I hate Religion” video making the rounds on the internet. I enjoy reading his excellent blog Phat Catholic Apologetics , frequently and highly recommend it.

Birgit J

By BirgitJ

Birgit is a 50-something cradle Catholic who is passionate about the pro-life movement. She enthusiastically serves on the Diocesan Gospel of Life Committee where she chairs pro-life events and writes pro-life articles. Birgit has been married to her Catholic convert husband, Rick, for 37 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren (all age eight and under). Their frequent visits eliminate any fear of an empty nest! Her vibrant Catholic faith colors every aspect of her life. She also sings in the church choir with her husband and daughter. Other interests include politics, as they relate to ‘Life’, and Church liturgy as well as photography, cooking, and gardening. She can also be found on her personal blog, Designs by Birgit.

4 replies on “A Response to “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus” by Jefferson Bethke”

Just discovered your website and I’m your newest follower. I’m sure there is much for me to learn here. Thank you for sharing this video and the link to the response. Just yesterday my daughter Skyped me from college and began a strange discussion on religion…I now see where her mind may be at. I have shared the response with her and now I believe I know how to handle it. Thank you so much!

God’s blessings to you all!

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