Anyway, we tell you this by way of admitting that even though we monitor the tabloids for holy ghost sightings, this one slipped by us.
Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler says the stretching and meditative discipline derived from Eastern religions is not a Christian pathway to God.OK we think we can help here. See, reverend Al, when you see someone doing this, she's not looking for a pathway to god, she just stepped on a tack and is trying to find it before she steps on it again.
Mohler said he objects to "the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine."Umm...rev? It's not the "divine " they're reaching for. Well, OK, we could be wrong about that.
"That's just not Christianity," Mohler told The Associated Press.Right. That's why it's called yoga and not...er...Presbyterianism.
Mohler said feedback has come through e-mail and comments on blogs and other websites since he wrote an essay to address questions about yoga he has heard for years.Yeah rev, it's like we said...
"I'm really surprised by the depth of the commitment to yoga found on the part of many who identify as Christians," Mohler said.
Mohler argued in his online essay last month that Christians who practice yoga "must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga."Come on now, rev. You should be more familiar with what the bible says when it comes to...erm...embracing than that.
He said his view is "not an eccentric Christian position."Hahahahaha!! Rev made a joke! See, yoga is about "positions" and he said it's not a christian "position" so it's like...oh forget it. If we have to explain it you're probably an episcopalian or something.
Muslim clerics have banned Muslims from practicing yoga in Egypt, Malaysia and Indonesia, citing similar concerns.Oops. Well, there you go rev. If we give up yoga it means the terrorists win.
Stephanie Dillon, who has injected Christian themes into her studio in Louisville, said yoga brought her closer to her Christian faith...She said she prayed on the question of whether to mix yoga and Christianity before opening her studio, PM Yoga, where she discusses her relationship with Jesus during classes.Oh, well say Stephanie, maybe you can answer a question for us then. Would Jesus do the posture of ananta, or would that be some sort of copyright violation being as it belongs to another god and all?