November 16, 2009
On Original Sin and the origins of doctrine:
Christianity obviously has a doctrine of Original Sin. Christianity also has a concept of Original Inherited Sin (i.e., it was/is passed through conception and birth?). I’m sure this doctrine and concept has more to do with Plato and the influence of the philosophical School of Alexandria upon early church fathers (they wrote the doctrine and theology) more than it has to do with Jesus of Nazareth and Hebrew thought and theology …
It was not until the fusion of Platonic and Aristotelian theology with Christianity that the concepts of strict omnipotence, omniscience, or benevolence became commonplace.
I know no faith except Christianity. I walk the Christ-path into the mystery of God, but I do not believe that God is a Christian. Christianity is a noble human system whereby millions of people have journeyed into the mystery of God and transcendence. The goal of faith is not to become Christian: it is to become whole.
John Shelby Spong
On the future of faith:
All of this underscores what many of us have seen coming for the last decade plus. We have entered what many think is the first stage of the long term breakup of Christendom.
Confined to the parameters of liberal rationalism, [evangelicalism in the west— a movement whose members adhere to conversionism, Biblicism, activism and crucicentrism] has mounted no challenge to the present political order and offered no intellectually acceptable explanation for how one is to live and think in the postmodern world. As this magazine has chronicled, its brightest children are throwing up their hands in record numbers, defecting heavy-heartedly to less temporal churches, or to no church at all.
Get Over It[via]
October 20, 2009
I love this post that I found on the How God Messed Up My Religion blog. It describes in such poetic form just how I have been feeling.
I Lost my Religion
OK, somewhere between evangelicalism
and post-modernity angst,
I misplaced my religion.
I thought it was securely fastened to my faith,
but apparently not.
I might have dropped it when I peered over the rail
into the abyss of debate over doctrine and belief-ism;
or maybe when I took out the trash,
bags and piles of useless dogma that was cluttering up my sacred space.
I don’t know.
I was a bit nervous at first how my faith would take it,
losing my religion I mean.
They’ve been inseparable for so long.
But so far so good.
I’d go so far as to say that my faith has found new vitality.
I suspect that there was some co-dependency going on
between it and religion.
It has been a healthy separation.
I lost my religion. In doing so, I found a new vista of grace and beauty in faith.
December 11, 2008
In a recent post, Bill Easums called for us to drop buzzwords.
“missional, incarnational, attractional, organic, externally driven, purpose driven, and the ever present emergent”
I realize that these words can have the possibility of having some confusion as different people and groups use them differently, however, they are descriptive and thus can help us understand one another. After all, would we also want to drop the other buzz words? – evangelical, charismatic, protestant, or orthodox. Or how about right wing/ left wing, conservative/ liberal, or modern/ post-modern? Should we drop them all? Or should we work at coming up with some standard definitions?
I don’t necessarily like buzz words either but we do need some way to set up markers that help others understand were we are coming from. So with that said, I will label myself post-charismatic, missional, maybe even a liberal conservative.