- Are you on a journey away from traditional Christianity?
- Have you walked away from ‘organised’ Religion?
I am now 82 and this is an attempt to share just a little of my journey through Christendom that really began in 1957 when I was 22. It has taken many twists and turns (as I have described here on my blog) that finally led me to walking away from ‘organised’ church in 2009.
If someone said to you, “I don’t believe in God” what might your reaction be?
How about, “Please tell me something about this God you don’t believe in. Maybe I don’t believe in that God either”.
On the other hand you might be one of those people who used to believe, and now see yourself as a sceptic; an agnostic or a non-believer.
It was in 2010 that I came across the suggestion by Richard Holloway (the former leader of the Episcopal church in Scotland) that the symbol ‘God’ is one of the most ambiguous of human inventions. This had an big impact on my thinking – see “Broken Myths”. It was partly as a result of these thoughts that I ended up in 2012 with a faith that I thought I could hold on to loosely, but that was not the end of the story!
I could never have imagined at that time how much my understanding would change in the following six years – influenced in no small part by my membership of U3A (University of the Third Age) in Brighton where I live.
A very close friend on this journey once said, “Peter, you have the knack of asking some of the awkward questions to which there are no easy answers”.
It is said that there is a book in each of us waiting to get out. Instead of writing a book I started developing a web site 18 years ago that has been an on-going work-in-progress where I have had the chance to share something of the stories of over 2,000 people who were being drawn away, or who had been drawn away from churches that they may have attended for many years, including a few leaders and former leaders.
It has become more and more obvious to me that the majority of the problems facing Christianity centre around the inability of Christians to agree amongst themselves on some of the foundations of their faith or beliefs (two words I suggest, that have very different meanings). They can’t even agree on what they believe about Jesus.
I am suggesting that instead of arguing about Christian theology and the place of Jesus, that we step back and Explore the Spiritual Side of Life starting with
“Some Thoughts about the Nature of God”.
In “Stepping Stones” I have created a series of bullet points (my favourite way of presenting material) pointing to just some of the material that has been important to me since 2012.
I’m looking forward to some interesting discussions – both locally and on the web.