The author of “The Fault in our Stars”. Okay, let’s say I was 90% right.
I was having a conversation with somebody about the book and Green. I said “I’ll tell you one thing: I know Green was a Chaplain, but he’s no Christian. I don’t think he’s atheist because he mentions a “capital S “Something” in his book (meaning some vague notion of God), but he’s an ultra-liberal “spiritual but not religious type.”
The person I was talking to disagreed, and said you couldn’t be sure. Yeah, okay, sure you can’t. The man was apparently, at one time, a chaplain at a children’s hospital, which inspired him to write the book. No mention of his religion. But this person I was talking to called me over triumphantly one day and showed me something on her computer. Ha! He’s an Episcopalian! Showed me, right?
I thought for a moment and said “High or low Church?” The girl looked at me confused and said “There’s a difference?” I explained what it was (essentially, for those who don’t know, low is liberal and high isn’t), then googled for some more details.
Well, well. Look what we have here.
Green is a Christian. He worked as a chaplain at a children’s hospital, and he was enrolled in, but never attend, the University of Chicago’s Divinity School.1But he says that he is sometimes uncomfortable with identifying himself as a religious person because fundamentalist Christians have hijacked the word and given it a bad name.
By “fundamentalists” what he really means is a very small group of radicals generally found in the South, who normally don’t actually do much to make the news. He also means the WBC. But less than 1% of total Christians in the world “hijacked the word”. You keep telling yourself that, buddy.
To Green, the question of whether or not God exists does not interest him. He says that all of us are looking for meaning in life, whether through a religious lens or not. And so, the things that unite us as humans are far more interesting and powerful than religious divisions.
The man was a chaplain. He was also a fool. I don’t mean he’s stupid. He seems to me to be very smart, actually. What I mean is that he’s incredibly good at rationalizing away beliefs that make him uncomfortable so he can promote his own sanitized worldview and still call himself a Christ-follower.
Green is an independent who consistently votes for both Republicans and Democrats,4 although he is definitely an Obama fan. In a column he wrote in support of the president in 2008, he said that Obama’s policies–specifically on health care–will allow the country to fulfill its obligation to “love thy neighbor.”5 And then in 2012, he outlined his support for Obama’s economic plan, foreign policy, and stance on social issues like gay marriage and abortion.6
So Green is also a major hypocrite, who will force people to pay for healthcare whether they want to or not but supports the free choice of a mother to brutally slaughter her child with surgical instruments. He was a chaplain, guys. I really don’t think this can be emphasized enough. He did and is doing absolutely enormous harm to the world – more than folks like Joss Whedon, who at least don’t claim to be doing their work in the name of Christ.
As a moderate and an independent, he is frustrated, as many Americans are, at the state of political discourse in the country. He blames both Republicans and Democrats in Congress for refusing to negotiate about important economic policy decisions.9 Maybe they should take a lesson from his views on religion: that which unites us–our love of this country–is far greater than that which divides.
Bullshit. John Green doesn’t really believe that. Earlier in this very article we see him trying to disassociate himself from fellow Christians because he disagreed with them. John Green thinks that what unites us is greater than what divides us, except if he disagrees with you. Then he wants nothing to do with you. He’s a liar.
Yeah, I pretty much had him dead-on.