Christian Blogs I Like (and other musings on Christianity)

Well, I was sitting here thinking about writing a post about how I still wish sometimes that I could find a way to make Christianity work for me. There is a long history to this, and I think it is mostly a longing for tradition, for familiarity, for a personal God that is right there with you, for well-defined framework. But, honestly, that is a long post that needs more thinking, so enough on that. It does bring to mind the recent post at Arbitrary Marks that resonated with me about Unitarian Universalism and why we don’t have widespread appeal:

We’re peeling back the curtain on a magic show, explaining the tricks, and then going on with the show, asking everyone to applaud when the rabbit is pulled from the hat.

I’m not saying I do (or don’t) agree with the whole post, but I think that there is something to that statement for me, in that when the tricks of Christianity were thought out, the curtain was pulled back, I couldn’t really deal with it anymore. It had to be real-er for me. So, that is why I like Unitarian Universalism, is because we have, in a sense, said “Okay, we’re not going to pretend like we have the number one best way of doing things. We’re open to lots of different ways.” So you can still talk about Jesus but you don’t have to only talk about Jesus (which drives me nuts a Christian churches – Jesus this, Jesus that – as you can see, there is a reason that this didn’t work for me). (Can I just say I know this is not completely articulate, but this isn’t a newspaper – it is a blog – and I sometimes use it to work out thoughts.)

So I think my basic point of the musings thus far is that it works for me to explain the tricks of religion (so-to-speak) and acknowledge we don’t really actually know how it works, and that there are lots of legit paths to trying to understand how the world works, none of which we can really say is right. Various possibilities for relating to the divine… or for praying… or for personifying God…. or ways of relating to the world in a spiritual yet non-theistic way…. you get the picture.

For me, sticking with Christianity you still have to talk about Jesus like he is somehow more important than other people, or that Biblical stories are somehow more powerful or meaningful than other stories. I don’t see anyway around it. You just can’t be Christian without somehow favoring the Christian narrative. And I just can’t bring myself to do that. Yet, I can really really understand why people prefer to have that sort of framework rather that the really broad possibilities that Unitarian Universalism presents. It is harder, I think. At least for me.

Now to the starting point of this post which are two Christian blogs that I like. I am always so happy to find Christian things that don’t turn me off or make me feel weird. There is a church here in Boston called Hope Church that is one of the few Christian churches like that for me – I can go and everyone feels pretty normal, non-dogmatic, and non-annoying. I hardly ever feel like rolling my eyes or ranting. These blogs seems similar:

Going Jesus which I saw linked on Ms. Kitty’s Saloon and Road Show Maybe it was the WTFWJD tee-shirt that made me feel like this was a blog that I could relate to. (Note that recently the blog has focused on her baby. But there is other content if you go further back.)

And Real Live Preacher which I’ve seen in a few other contexts, including mentioned on Going Jesus.

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2 Responses to Christian Blogs I Like (and other musings on Christianity)

  1. I don’t think religion has to be about tricks. To me, a mature faith moves beyond magical thinking, which to me includes faith in miracles and divine intervention. I think it is true that Christians do focus on Jesus, but that doesn’t necessarily imply that he is considered more important objectively than other people. Instead, I think can easily be a simply matter of Jesus being more important subjectively to those who are drawn to the Christian tradition. In other words, a Christian pluralist can quite simply say, “I follow Jesus because that is what works for me. I am not saying that someone else is wrong for being loyal to another faith.” I think it might have been Marcus Borg (I’m not sure) who compared loyalty to one’s faith with loyalty to one’s spouse. One can say that one’s wife is the most beautiful woman in the world, and the best wife there is, but even as one says that one is really acknowledging the subjective nature of that assertion.

    Your reason for being drawn to UUs is probably the very reason why I found UU church services unsatisfactory. I wanted to stay within a Christian context while pursuing liberal or radical theology, and UU churches are largely indifferent if not hostile to the Christian tradition.

    The 27th of May is Pluralism Sunday, which some liberal Christian churches will be using to celebrate religious pluralism. I thought that John Shuck, a Presbyterian pastor who supports pluralism, had a nice posting about this subject today.

  2. M.A.C. says:

    I agree with Mystical Seeker and the point about mature faith moving beyond magical thinking. Another point I’d like to stress is one of archeology and history and the fact of the New Testament being the most historically accurate book in existence today bar none. This is what sets Christianity apart from all other world religions.

    The problem within Christendom is us (mankind) and our belief in a lie just like in the Genesis narrative when the serpent engaged Eve with this;

    And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: – Genesis 3:4

    So the creation of yet more denominations (or abominations) is not the answer but dealing with our tendency as people to judge. Which is truly the original sin for in our judging God we fell from grace yet He loved us so much that we are still here doing the same thing.

    I suggest reading the book Repenting of Religion (Turning from judgment to the Love of God) by Gregory Boyd.

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