- Are you on a journey away from traditional Christianity?
- Have you or are you considering, walking away from ‘organised’ Religion?
- Why are there so many thousands of Christian denominations and so many different religions?
Are they all man’s attempt to explain the inexplicable?
- What is the Purpose of Life?
- Does Life have any meaning?
- Who, What or Where is God?
Some of what are said to be unanswerable questions?
Maybe you are one of those people who used to believe but now see yourself as a sceptic; an agnostic or a non-believer. Perhaps you are seen by some as a heretic.
I have been on a long journey through Christendom with all of its divisive, denominational theology; its many differing traditions; and the awareness that Christians can’t even agree among themselves about the place of Jesus.
I know from personal experience going back to the early 1970’s, that it can be lonely and disconcerting if you are drawn to asking questions about what you had been taught; maybe puzzled by the Nature of God; and unable to share your thoughts with others who may have been on a similar journey. It was over 20 years ago that a very close friend said, “Peter, you have the knack of asking some of the awkward questions to which there are no easy answers”. I’ve never had any formal theological training.
It was around 2003 that I became really involved with what was then often referred to as the Out of Church Christians.This is my third blog – an on-going Work-In-Progress that started over 18 years ago.
I listened to a podcast in August 2018 entitled “The Invisible Church” that just summed up so many of my thoughts. Part of the introduction reads:
But what do we know about all the people who left? Why did they leave? And what are they doing now? I have written my own summary of that podcast here.
I have a real interest in supporting and encouraging mainly older people like myself, who are learning to think for themselves about what they had been taught and who have been drawn away from churches that they may have attended for many years.
Could we perhaps step back from arguments about divisive, denominational theology and what people think about the place of Jesus, and consider some of the many thoughts that people have about the Nature of God, bearing in mind that the symbol ‘God’ has been described as one of the most ambiguous of human inventions.
Are we moving from God up there somewhere to God as source or that from which everything flows?
Are we witnessing the death of a way of thinking about a supreme being?
Feelings of being connected to everything – to nature – a deeply divine presence?
Let’s begin with what we see around us!
If you are still with me, please have a look at
“What do people understand by the word ‘God’?”.
As I’ve said in “My Story” I often think of myself as someone who has been an outside observer of Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism, especially in America for over 20 years.
Separately 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.