The value of myth is that it takes all the things you know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by the veil of familiarity.
Pope Francis rocked some religious and atheist minds today when he declared that everyone was redeemed through Jesus, including atheists.
I still have strong reservations regarding Francis, as I’ve said elsewhere; but this is a good step.
(though, admittedly, the article misses some of the finer theological subtleties of Catholic notions of redemption)
Murph Goes To The OBX
Saturday I’ll be going to the Outer Banks in NC for vacation. While I’m there I want to practice my writing so I’ll be writing about my experiences or making up stories based on inspiration. I’ll also probably add in some pictures and other items for fun too.
Our inventions are [apt] to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.
Men and women do desire to relate to each other and become close. We do need and want to share intimacy and understanding. But for many of us this natural desire never has a chance to develop because we are haunted by the idea , common currency in our society, that being close always leads to the bedroom. That idea is simple, unadulterated nonsense.
American Christianity has created a culture of theological permanence, where individuals are expected to learn a set of beliefs and latch onto them for the rest of their lives….Theologies are often considered too “valuable,” “right,” and “holy” to change or question. Therefore, pastors debate instead of dialogue, professors preach instead of listen, schools propagate instead of discuss, and faith-based communities ultimately reject any form of honest questioning and doubt. […]
But theology — our study and beliefs about God — should be a natural process involving change instead of avoiding it. Our God is too big and too wonderful to completely understand by the time we graduate high school, or college, or get married, or have children, or retire. Our life experiences, relationships, education, exposure to different cultures and perspectives continually affect the way we look at God. Our faith is a journey, a Pilgrim’s Progress, and our theology will change. And while we may not agree with a person’s new theological belief, we need to stop seeing the inherent nature of change as something negative.