As I read informational books, sometimes authors like to throw religion in where it doesn't belong. Recently, I was reading a book about Blue Zones... where people are happiest. I stopped reading when I got to a certain bit of advice...
People may be happiest when they go to church, but I didn't like this advice that said if you don't go to church, you should try out different places of worship. This bothered me, as I don't believe it is necessarily the religion that is helping people. It's the community. I think you could get the same benefit in places other than church.
It's not just this book. I was disappointed in one copy of the Tao te Ching that my husband gave me. He didn't know it when he bought it... but for some reason, the author decided to add some Jesus and church stuff in the beginning of the book. It absolutely did not belong in that book-- as it is unrelated to the original content. That book got returned and I found a different translation. I was incredibly irritated, because anyone reading it for the first time would probably be mislead into thinking there was a relationship between the Tao and Christianity.
Have you experienced this in books, movies, music-- in a way that caused you to totally disregard the work?
I learned long ago not to sweat the small stuff, so, no, it doesn't bother me enough to do something like that. When it turns into an overriding theme, then, yes, I'm gone. I have no need to suffer the bullshit, but if it's just a touch in passing, I'm fine.
Yes, I have dropped books, stopped listening to music and stopped conversations when religion got inserted inappropriately. It appears to me that these sad creatures are desperately looking for other insecure suckers to bolster their own beliefs by joining into the sheep population. I find it offensive.
The addition of religious themes and iconography in of itself does not bother me in media provided it serves as some point. Religion can still provide much artistic inspiration and can serve a greater anthropological perspective if it's used in a smart way.
What is terrible is when it gets preachy and in your face about it. When it starts to be overly religious without a hint of introspection is when things start to slide.
Having lived in the midwest most of my adult life, there have been more times than I can count when I'm trapped driving on a road trip and going through station and after station of people yelling about Jesus. Inevitably, I'll land on a song with a tolerable tune after searching and searching. I listen for a minute only to discover it's "Christian rock." I hate it when that happens. LOL
(There's a Life of Pi spoiler alert below.)
Yup. But not so much as walk out of a movie. I didn't know anything about "Life of Pi". I watched the movie with a friend and I was shocked, not at the reveal that the animals in the lifeboat were actually people, but of the religious message at the end of the movie. I can't even remember what that message was. I only remember being surprised at it.
I had an awesome experience long ago when Mormons came to my door and asked me to believe that their god was better than your common or garden god...I invited them in and they tried to convince me that their Mr Smith had got these golden tablets from angels which were the new commandments....and when I asked what happened to these golden tablets they said that the angels had taken them for safekeeping to some volcano....I laughed so hard and told them to leave and sadly they never came back...Am I bad...think it was Mormons though could be wrong though....but still funny...
Do friends' Facebook feeds count?
Other than that, I try to appreciate the author/creator's context. Game of Thrones has religion mixed in everywhere and that doesn't affect me. The TV show Vikings uses Christianity and Norse gods. The context is informed by assumptions characters make. The "realism" of the religion in question is irrelevant, because none of it is real lol.
In the context of a self help book, I'd also just use it to inform context. Not everything in any self help book is supposed to help everyone. The good ones will throw out an array of ideas and some will work for some.
I wouldn't stop reading a book or hearing a song merely because they inserted religion anymore than I would stop because they inserted atheism. Several times it's part of the story or e message the author is trying to promote.
For example, if a book had the cure to cancer but the person providing the cure claimed that his cure inspired by god, I would still read the book. Given that 51 percent of scientists believe in God, I certainly won't stop reading their science if they mention religion in their writing, like Francis Collins and human genomes. Nor would I not read the cure to cancer if the person said that their unbelief in god was critical to their discovery,.
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water as it were...
Bram stoker's Dracula. I had never read the book, and I actively try to read classics, but I made it about halfway through before I got so disgusted with his rants about the purity of the soul that I put it. Seriously dude, after like 1 or maybe 2 of those I've got the point, let's move along with the plot, 'kay? On the other hand there are some books by religious authors that I have found a great connection with, like the space trilogy by C.S. Lewis.
Usually not, but I do loathe obvious and complete snake-oil like the Rapture industry (Left Behind, etc ...) or that fuckknuckle in KY that built his toy ark with public funds. Times like that I wish tarring and feathering was still an acceptable form of public discourse. There would be a lot of very cold birds.
Damn straight and I did even more. My favorite classical radio station played a lot of religious music (the type with words) over the holidays. I wrote them and told them how disappointed I was and that I had lowered my giving (it has turned into a public funded station). I also said if it happens next year I will withhold all my funding. I received a reply saying they were listening (but I'm not holding my breath). The Canadian station, CBC2, also plays religious classical music but it is usually the music and no words.
FFRF has a movement that touts "sweat the small stuff" and I take it seriously.
I've never read a book that really brought religion into it. I like non-fiction and if I know the topic is religion I tend to steer away from it. I have however listened to music and watched movies that either made me stop listening/watching or be turned off because religion was brought into it. If it's a good song or movie then I will bite the bullet and push through to enjoy the other content. There have been songs I shut off because it was too religious AND "bad", but others that I liked. One movie I remember that was full of religious undertones and overtones was Hacksaw Ridge. I sat through it because it was ridiculous and funny at times.
If it's not that central to the story no but the 'Battlestar Galactica reboot got way too religious for me. I did make it through the whole thing but I'm not going to watch it again. 'Lost' also got way too pseudo-sciency and pan-religious: especially in the last season.
Usually an eye roll is the only reaction, but it depends on the message. If it's just some soft "God is looking out for you" bullshit I'll sneer and still finish the story. If it's one of those "You shouldn't be taking your meds because God will heal you" themes I get too angry to finish.
If I can imagine influence from the piece doing real harm, I can't finish it.