Collecting My Thoughts

I was talking to my grandson last year (2016) when I realised that my life has consisted of two quite separate journeys. There was the Journey through Christendom that started at the age of 13 (when I rejected what I had been taught about the trinity) and there was the world of a computer programmer and business analyst (very analytical and methodical) that started in 1967. These journeys only really came together when I was made redundant again in 1990 but at that time I had no appreciation of what I now see as an enormous difference between what might be called Christian FAITH and the Christian RELIGION (or CHRISTENDOM).

I sense that wherever we are on our unique journeys we are all seeing things from a specific vantage point. Those of us who are still asking questions can learn so much from each other’s stories IF we are happy to take part in OPEN AND HONEST DISCUSSION (rather than a contest or a debate).

Some of the foundations of my blog that has been a work-in-progress for 17 years are:

“Personal Stories” – an article written by a friend a couple of years ago that sums up what I see as the importance of our own stories.

“Some Awkward Questions” – many of the questions that I was considering some 12 years ago – a reflection of where I was at that time – that might be helpful to anyone who has only recently been drawn to a similar journey.

“Christians, Agnostics and Atheists” – how would you define each of these words?

“Causes of Poverty?” – Was the British Empire built on greed and selfishness – a thought that first got me into a lot of trouble at school when I was 15!

“What is our Perception of Reality?” an important topic for discussion – related to What is TRUTH? and the importance of Critical Thinking along with thoughts on Myers Briggs; Enneagrams; Counselling; Fowler’s Stages of Faith and Spiral Dynamics.

This has been my way of  bringing just some of my current thoughts together on one Page.

I sense that as the song says, “I’ve gone about as far as I can go”.

Please feel free to ask questions or share any thoughts you might have.