One of the biggest downfalls of institutions, particularly religious institutions, is their demand for ideological homogeneity. This mentality goes far beyond a unity of purpose and extends to the point where any disagreement, even a nuanced difference of opinion, is not tolerated.
Faith may be one of the most misunderstood and abused concepts in western Christianity. In general, Christians have reduced faith to a prescribed, academic understanding of theology. We have to believe something or we would become paralyzed. We all have gaps in our knowledge, and we fill in those gaps with beliefs so we can function in this world. So what is faith, and how much trust should we put in our faith?
Let’s talk about criticism. For starters, let’s understand what criticism really is. To criticize something or to critique it, implies that you are examining an argument or a writing or a performance of some sort, and trying to determine its accuracy or its worthiness. While there are nuanced connotative differences between the words criticize and … Continue reading Above Criticism?
Never having been one to shy away from overstating the obvious, I can authoritatively state that I’m pretty critical of religion. For the last two and one half years, this blog has been primarily dedicated to dismantling the lies and the walls of religion, and encouraging people to seek God outside the guilt, coercion, dogma, … Continue reading Good Enough for Me
My last few posts were a tongue-in-cheek look at the dogmatic, formulaic views of salvation by a few of the more popular Christian denominations. I imagine that most folks who hold any of those particular views would be irate at the lampooning of their views, but would chuckle at the depictions of the others. I … Continue reading There Is No Formula!
What John (the gospel writer) called the logos went far beyond the word “word” as we casually understand it today. John’s understanding of logos was probably influenced by Aristotle who used logos to refer to a logical, apprehensible truth. In Jesus, John got a glimpse of God’s intent distilled into being and made alive before human eyes. “The Word was made flesh and lived among us, and we beheld his glory.”
As we try to navigate a confusing world, some approaches to life seem to be more useful than others. One approach is to adopt a cultural narrative as a starting point and then interpret life events through your cultural lens. A better approach is to use evidence to determine the correctness of the cultural narrative. … Continue reading An Evidence-Based Approach