Anyone read The Conversation (https://theconversation.com/us)? It's a non-profit newspaper where all the articles are written by experts their fields (academics and researchers), who work with journalists and editors to make them accessible. The articles are published under a Creative Commons license.
It’s like you’ve got this ticker scrolling across every scene of your life, feeding you questions and commentary and doubts, and yet you carry on as though you can’t see it, as if everything’s fine. Say something and you risk losing friendships and becoming the subject of gossip. Keep your doubts to yourself and you risk faking it for the rest of your life. I know a lot of people, including some pastors, who are faking it.
-Rachel Held Evans
Stumbled on this fantastic book about using insights from critical scholarship to reconstruct faith instead of tearing it down!
Focuses on moving from "pre-critical naivete" through "critical thinking" and into "post-critical naivete", where we can hear the stories as true again whether or not they are factual. Accepts criticism but moves beyond into a larger whole.
"The Bible is like a lens through which we see God, but some people think it's important to believe in the lens."
Today I was pulled out of the security line at the airport and had my suitcase hand-searched because apparently I brought a suspiciously large number of books 🤓 #Enneagram5
Advice for breaking up with church
I think I need to break up with the PCA church I've attended weekly for 7 years. My views are radically different than when I became a member, and I don't feel like I can be honest there.
Here's the thing, my deconstruction happened under the radar and I've never outed myself, so as far as they know, everything is fine.
I've been putting this off for weeks because I don't know what to tell them, but pretty soon they'll notice I've stopped coming.
i do not do twitter, but my husband does and we have been getting a kick out of the new “IN MICE” feed, which is calling out hype and misinformation in science news reporting.
if you haven’t seen already
I had never heard of Richard Rohr before joining this community. Picked up The Universal Christ to see what all the fuss was about, and I get it now! Wow, the density of mind blowing statements is off the charts! I can only read a page or two in a sitting because I need to stop and think for a while every other sentence or so.
A collective thanks to you all for introducing me 😁
actually learning about the history of christianity is the most dangerous thing possible to evangelicalism, which is a reactionary ideology that seeks to erase history so it can make the ridiculous claim that its very particular brand of morality and theology is the true form of christianity that has always existed
Learn from a tree today. A tree does not have a false self which seeks to become something that it is not. It simply exists in its treeness, letting itself be swayed by the wind, basking in the sunlight. We have been given this gift of consciousness, but instead of using it to be our true selves, in unity with God, people, and all of creation, we seek to be anything other than what we were created to be. And it makes us miserable.
Easter image - Orthodox icon
You may have heard Richard Rohr talk about Eastern images of the resurrection that feature the "harrowing of hell". Jesus has broken the gates (doors) of death, chained up death & thrown him into a pit. Jesus is now beginning to get all souls out of there. He starts with Adam & Eve, grabbing them by their wrists. All humanity is waiting their turn - those with halos, & those without. Adam & Eve are like "WHAT?!" Jesus is like, "Come on. I got you."
Christianity, Death, Good Friday
This will be extremely old news to some of you and extremely ground breaking for others, but I think it's worth pointing out on the day we remember the crucifixion of Christ: the idea that Jesus HAD to die to forgive us of our sins didn't arise until 1000 years after it happened, and wasn't finalized in the form we recognize today until the 1500s during the Reformation.
The early church saw the crucifixion/resurrection as a victory narrative; of defeating death.
Had a conversation with a friend recently about whether the biblical text actually supports a certain Calvinist presupposition. My friend said, "I hear what you're saying, but it's hard to accept that God would let the church believe this wrong idea for all of church history."
Had to bite my tongue to not yell, "Dude, your whole tradition is only 500 years old! Nobody thought this for the first 1,500 years and most Christians still don't! "🤦♂️
I wish the proportion of typical and co-op board games were reversed. I wish we had to say "adversarial board game" to describe the type of game where I am suddenly consumed with the desire to crush my friends and loved ones, shake my fists in the air, pour gasoline on the kitchen table, and ignite in a cleansing fire of victory.
I know I'm a couple years late to #theliturgists party, but this just came in the mail, and I'm super excited!
I don't know how to write a bio, so that must mean I need to do more research! #enneagram5
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