I made a statement at the end of a previous post on this subject, that needs a little explanation. I said “I believe, and will attempt to show in future posts, that a preponderance of the evidence supports the existence of God, and that further evidence pushes me to the Christian interpretation of what that God does and wants.” Tucked into this sentence is a … Continue reading Why do I believe? Part 3 – Parsing the question(s)
In response to my previous post on the rules of evidence for my apologetics, a friend of mine who is himself a seeker of truth pointed out to me that I probably mischaracterized agnosticism as a simple midpoint between theism and atheism. As he quite correctly said, one can be an agnostic while leaning toward either atheism or theism, and that even agnosticism has at … Continue reading The Belief Matrix – A functional description of evidence and theism/atheism
In Scot McKnight book The King Jesus Gospel, which I reviewed a little while ago, Scot issued an interesting challenge: “I have always encountered people who boldly announce to me that they are ‘noncredal’ and even say ‘I don’t believe in the creeds’ because of their next words: ‘I believe in the Bible.’ I respond with one question, and I think I ask this question … Continue reading Why I Don’t Accept the Nicene Creed
Tom (N.T.) Wright recently gave a lecture at Calvin College that I appreciated very much. In it, he drew attention to an important issue I’ve written about here before: the over-simplification of faithfulness to Christ that takes place when creeds and statements of faith occupy a central position. I know my own position is more extreme than Wright’s…he suggests putting the creeds in their rightful … Continue reading Tom Wright on the Creeds
I had a friend ask me today what my definition of a Christian is. I resisted the question to some degree, as I remain extremely troubled by the obsession many have, with drawing lines to delineate who is “in” and “out” of fellowship, orthodoxy, or whatever. I am not taking anything back that I said in my Word About Creeds. Nevertheless, if I claim to … Continue reading What IS a Christian, anyway?
Those who’ve read my blog for any length of time know that I dispute the usual Evangelical/Fundamentalist doctrines of Biblical inspiration. What may have not been so clear, except by extrapolation, is what I do (and do not) propose this means when it comes to the authority-basis for Christian belief and practice. I begin with the premise (unprovable—that’s why it’s a premise—but I believe it’s … Continue reading Some of what I believe today – Biblical interpretation
I think I have finally nailed what my problem is. It’s that i’m just not an Evangelical. I was for the better part of my Christ following life very integrated and involved at a local church associated with the Evangelical Free Church. Which is no where near free of Evangelical’s humorously. On the of tenants of the Evangelical and the Free church is that they … Continue reading Why I’m Not an Evangelical
We rarely have the guts to admit it, but our most cutting critics often hold up a mirror into which we would do well to look. The picture at right, which many will find highly offensive, is just such a mirror. It reads: CHRISTIANITY: The belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat … Continue reading Evangelical heretic…
For those who have not been with this blog for years, or to save others from too many wild goose chases, I’m going to do a series summing up some of the positions I’ve come to and discussed in the now-three-years since I began Nailing it to the Door. These are not settled positions. I’ve learned a lot in dialog with many of you, and … Continue reading Some of what I believe today…
We talk a lot about the loving character of Jesus, and well we might. But despite the popularity in some circles of pointing out God’s wrath, we rarely seem to notice one thing that really seems to have pissed Jesus off. We find the same language in all three synoptic gospels, in Matt. 18:6-7, Mark 9:42, and Luke 17:1-2. Jesus says that someone who causes … Continue reading Better off Drowned? Who are you driving from Jesus?