I was talking to my grandson in 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 on a main frame computer 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 – see sidebar).
I sense that wherever we are on our unique journeys we are all seeing things from that specific vantage point. Those of us who are still asking questions, even if we no longer consider ourselves to be Christians can benefit 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).
After stepping back and explaining something of the journey I have been on, I am left with other material that I would like to share with anyone who might be interested. What follows are pointers to topics that are not covered elsewhere on the blog.
“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. See sidebar.
“Christians, Agnostics and Atheists” – I have been involved in many deep discussions over the years. There is so much argument about the meaning of these words.
This is a article I wrote some time ago.
“What is our Perception of Reality?” – This for me is 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.
Some more thoughts for later:
A Study of Christianity
A Study of Religion
A Religious Timeline
Ego and Human Nature
Why Suffering? The Problem of Pain
Linguistics and the Problems of Language
Words Phrases and their meanings
We are what we THINK! – and THINKING
An Earlier Introduction – with a link to Stephen Fry
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.