Major Influences on My Story

One of the major influences on my thinking around 2004 was a long article entitled, “The Rise and Fall of Christendom” by a member of the Anabaptist Network – see “Christendom”.

The Shack and the Trinity in 2007

Apart from that let’s start with 2010.
Richard Holloway had a big impact on my thinking – see “Broken Myths”.
I read an article entitled, “The Church and the Genie in the Bottle” that was the start of a very close friendship with Dave Price.

Then early in 2012 when I was 76 I became aware of the writings of Diana Butler Bass and her then latest book Christianity after Religion. After what for me had been an intense period of study, I sensed that I had a faith that I thought I could hold on to ‘loosely’.
There is a link in the sidebar to more details.

Later in 2012 I watched the BBC TV series A History of the World by Andrew Marr. This was when I first came across the idea that civilisation as we know it is no more than about 12,500 years old. This was a real eye-opener and generated for me several more of those awkward questions to which there are no easy answers – such as “What is religion – is it man’s attempt to explain the inexplicable?”

It was in 2013 that I joined the local branch of U3A (University of the Third Age) and in that first year attended classes for Philosophy, Psychology and Counselling. In subsequent years I have also attended Mindfulness; History of Christianity; History of Religion; Buddhism and Islam – just 2-3 hours a week – almost all of which was new to me! The number of questions just grew!

It was in 2014 that I was introduced to the thoughts of Barbara Brown Taylor about  Lunar Spirituality and her metaphor of Learning to Walk in the Dark. As a former Anglican I could really relate to so much of what she was saying!

There was what I have described separately as Another Watershed in 2016 when I listened to a lengthy podcast by Rob Bell and Richard Rohr. This was a real turning point.