No issue has caused me to question my Christian beliefs more than what is often called the problem of evil. Ever since the Greek philosopher Epicurus (342-271 BCE) first questioned the existence of God due to the existence of evil in the world, people have faced this problem and often walked away from the faith of their childhood. The reality of suffering in light of the professed goodness and power of God is the catalyst that is most responsible for the shift in my own theological views.
As a professing Christian, there was always one question that plagued me over the years: Why did the Bible deserve the kind of loyalty and trust I was giving it? My beliefs about that book guided almost every decision I made, and eventually I had to ask myself why I allowed it to do so. Once I stopped viewing the Bible as an authoritative voice never to be questioned, I was able to see the flaws in it and begin to look for more reliable ways to find my way...
My decision to leave the church and all organized religion has been a slow-evolving one and wasn’t prompted by any one particular event. I do not feel any significant personal injury by anyone I’ve known from the churches I’ve been a part of. So why would I leave? ....
I believe the church as a social entity is dying and that's disheartening to realize. Throughout history, there have been foundational movements and moments where believers have ignited vital moral changes in society. While there are certainly dark days in the moral history of Christianity, there have also been important contributions to education, healthcare, the... Continue Reading →
We may feel god-like when we win the argument, complete the project, win the race, or solve the problem, but our victories only give us a temporary sense of invincibility. So when those moments start to convince us that we are not just god-like, but divine, the teacher in Ecclesiastes makes it clear again in... Continue Reading →
God of glory, Show us the mercy of light when all we see is shadow Though we sometimes compare our valley of shadow to another and become ashamed Though we sometimes create our own shadows by shutting our eyes Though we sometimes prefer darkness Show us the mercy of light Your light is revelation, which... Continue Reading →
The time with my men's group at the Islamic Center had no drama, and there isn't much to tell about it. But the simplicity of it is part of what I appreciated about the experience. We shook hands, had a look around, ate some donuts, and sat down on the floor and shared conversation together.... Continue Reading →
For the past couple of weeks, my men's group at St. Bartholomew's has been discussing Islam. The idea is to understand how we as Christians should view Muslims and how we might bridge the seemingly impossible cultural chasm that separates us. As part of this exploration, we decided to visit to the Islamic Center of Nashville... Continue Reading →