Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers revealed that he is not someone who buys into the tenets of organized religion. Sitting down to speak with his girlfriend, Danica Patrick, the signal-caller made it clear that he believes people can use Christianity and other religions “as a crutch” to make themselves feel better.
Appearing on Patrick’s podcast, Pretty Intense, he went in-depth about his feelings regarding religion. Among the issues the football star said he had with religion, he mentioned its problematic “binarying system.” In explanation, Rodgers laid out what he believed was a contrast between “enlightened and heathen.”
“It’s holy and righteous, and sinner and filthy. And I think that makes a lot of people feel better about themselves – you know, I got Jesus and you know I’m saved and I’m going to heaven.”
When talking about whether or not Rodgers believes in God, he pointed to the idea of a God who is willing to condemn people to a fiery hell if they don’t believe in him. Suffice it to say, the podcast featured a pretty lengthy rant about why the Green Bay Packers quarterback doesn’t practice any kind of religion.
In his previous interview with ESPN the Magazine, Rodgers talked about not understanding the rules of Christianity as they were laid out to him as a young person. Specifically, the quarterback spoke about how he was told, “If you don’t confess your sins, you’re going to hell.”
Rogers said that he didn’t understand how someone living in a remote rainforest could know they were supposed to abide by those customs. Continuing his tangent, Rodgers went on to say that he didn’t understand who they would even confess to if they did partake in such practices.
Rodgers may have a little extra time on his hands this winter, as the Green Bay Packers’ star quarterback couldn’t lead his team to the Super Bowl after reaching the NFC Championship.
For the second time this season, the Pack were soundly defeated by the San Francisco 49ers. Green Bay was outscored 27-0 in the first half of the NFC Championship before they mounted a small comeback after halftime, eventually losing 37-20. In the loss, Rodgers completed 31 of 39 passes for 326, threw two touchdowns, and threw two interceptions.