I’ll admit, going into this all, I hadn’t intended to write more than that first post on the exodus we’re currently seeing in Western Christian churches. That done, I guess I felt that there were some more questions to be asked and issues to be pointed to with Western Christianity as a whole, notably the treatment of theology and “pietism”, which shapes so much of Western Christian culture, as well as the question of biblical inerrancy, which I wrote today.
It strikes me that we really ever only take one of two routes when dealing with religion- we’re either unquestioning or we’re dismissive. I don’t think Christianity is so unimpeachable that it can’t be indicted and I don’t think it’s so unimportant that it can be ignored. Whatever your stance on it, these beliefs, traditions, and values have shaped and continue to shape culture and history in this nation and around the world. It deserves the courtesy of us grappling with it on its own turf- no matter where you’re coming from, I’m hopeful this will have at least offer a venue for some more sincere discussion than we typically enjoy. This series may have ended, the conversation, I’m hoping, is just about to begin.
The three posts in this series are listed below:
I. The End Of The Church As We Know It
II. The Problem With Pietism
III. Biblical Inerrancy
Posted in Christianity, morality, religion
Tagged Bible, Biblical Inerrancy, Christian, Christianity, Culture, discussion, history, Holiness Movement, Leaving the Church, morality, Pietism, scripture, sola scriptura, The Church, Western Christianity
No, this doesn’t have anything to do with actual news, but it does relate to what is happening on this blog this Monday. Oh, happy Canadian Thanksgiving, people who celebrate it!
I apologize on Gordon’s behalf for the late post today. There was one up this morning, but we’ve since taken that down, and all in all he’s admitted that this is entirely his fault. It’s a surprise to me, too.
Later today Gordon will be concluding what he is calling a series on Western Christianity [which really started, I suppose, in mid-September] with a post on biblical inerrancy. There will also be a following wrap-up post which gathers the many thoughts he’s presented about the way we view religion in North America. Some of them have been pretty controversial, to say the least, so I’m looking forward to how he chooses to conclude the topic [for now].
On the right is a gif of the devilishly handsome James Franco, playing Harry Osborne in the very poorly received Spider-Man 3. That movie aside, it’s going to be hard to see how Dane Dehaan’s performance is going to compare in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2. He is the apex predator, though. He’s definitely got that going for him.