When I moved back to Detroit from Maryland back in 96 one of the first things I noticed was the ridiculous amount of churches in the city. And when I say "ridiculous" I'm not being disrespectful to the religious community. Their is literally like a church on damn near every other block. And to make it even more ridiculous some of the churches that are a block away ARE THE SAME DENOMINATION! What sense does that make?
When I was a child I would think to myself that with all these churches you'd think that Detroit was the most religious place on the planet. That was back when I thought of religion with purely optimistic traits attached to it...when religion to me meant:
- people loving each other
- people caring for each other despite their differences
- people doing the moral thing
Then as I grew up and learned about the history surrounding the actions of many organized religions. I found out that many of the actions carried out contradicted many of the "mission statements" of the organizations.
Today it occured to me that Detroit could possibly be the most religious place in the nation