Wonderful analysis of the deconstruction/reconstruction process. Unfortunately for many fundamentalist Christians like S. Baptists, the higher the fence built around the theology the more likely the fundamentalist Jesus will be rejected altogether. I was fortunate, Ive always felt fairly comfortable with having a questioning faith, so my deconstruction, although fairly radical, never drew me away from God.
My journey through faith hasn’t always felt good. It’s sometimes been terrifying. It’s sometimes been profoundly sad. But it’s never been boring.
The relationship of faith to doubt or critical thought is a troubled one, at least as far as American Evangelicalism is concerned. It definitely hasn’t always been this way in church history, but it seems like it might be here, now.
You know as well as I do that the people on this campus who talk the most about theology have the most active spiritualities.
If you approach your faith with intellectual rigor, there is a danger of faith becoming a religion of the “head” rather than the “heart.” While I understand this is a theoretical risk, I’ve almost never seen it play out this way.
I find that the people most drawn to intellectually examine their faith often have deep spiritual lives. They can’t put it down. …
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