Category: Doubt and Theology

Rethinking Salvation, Sin, and the Image of God

What is sin?  Does God set up guidelines for us, then require us to follow them?  Is “sin” our word for disobeying divine rules?

If so, is it fair to fault people for their sins?  If we were born into sin, can we really be blamed for messing up?  Do people with severe intellectual disabilities or addictions really “sin”?  Are they to blame when they break the rules? Continue reading “Rethinking Salvation, Sin, and the Image of God”

Faith, Critical Thinking, and Beliefs

Christians… Do YOU believe what could only be Unbelievable to others while disbelieving what THEY believe on Faith, the same way you do your beliefs? Why

Last night, an interesting post on a blog titled The Recovering Know It All by a guy with the username “KIA” posed several questions to Christians, all of which seem to boil down to the question quoted above.  If believers accept ridiculous truth claims “on faith,” then what right would one believer have to call a believer from another religion “wrong”? Continue reading “Faith, Critical Thinking, and Beliefs”

Learning to Pray Again for the First Time

Learning to Pray Again for the First Time

I learned how to pray when I was an Evangelical Christian.  Back then, prayer was just one small part of a bigger, intertwined web of beliefs and practices that made up my conservative Christian faith.

Since leaving Evangelicalism, I’ve found a different way to be a Christian – one that works for both my head and my heart.  But how am I supposed to pray now that I don’t buy into the entire Evangelical belief system? I still want to pray, but how?  This is an intensely personal question, because I miss the warm, consistent experiences of prayer that permeated my life before my doubts drove me out of Evangelicalism.

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A Mainline Mind and an Evangelical Heart

I have spent most of my (admittedly pretty short) life immersed in Evangelical Christianity.  I grew up in an Evangelical church.  My youth group went to Evangelical conferences.  In college, I attended an Evangelical campus ministry as many as six times a week for leadership meetings, bible studies, worship services, band practice, and socials.  For nearly two decades, I was neck-deep in the stream of Evangelicalism.

Things started to change mid-college when three of my Evangelical friends, independently of each other, admitted to me in private that they were gay.

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