It is not an easy case to make, I’ll grant, not easy to support the claim that Christianity has something left to offer to those identifying themselves as “Spiritual But Not Religious” (SBNR). And so as I begin this new blog, I intend to offer a basic rationale, a “theological framework,” to help the reader understand my perspective. To that end the next few posts will have names like, “There is No Such Thing as a Miracle,” “I’m Not Buying the Whole Magic Blood Thing,” “The Anthropomorphic God is a Fiction,” things like that.
Now some may want to argue that in writing such posts I don’t sound much like a Christian at all, (and yet I claim to be just that: a Christian, firmly ensconced in the Christian religion.) It might even be reasonable to ask how I can support the Christian religion. The truth is, I can’t. At least I can’t if the Christian religion is understood to be collection of propositions about a triune God to which I must give intellectual ascent, or be cast into the fires of hell. If the Christian religion is understood to be a series of ethical positions derived from ancient texts that must now be applied to a modern world, then you’d have to say I’m not very religious. If the Christian religion requires me to believe that Mary was a virgin, or that Jesus walked on water, then I’m not very religious. If it means that I have to consign gay people to an afterlife of weeping and gnashing of teeth, then frankly, I’m not religious at all. Nor could I support similar expressions describing any of the world’s religious traditions. After all, it is those expressions of religion that move so many wise and thoughtful people to call themselves “Spiritual But Not Religious.”
My challenge will be to describe a Christian religion devoid of magical constructs, a religion free from the constraints of fear. My challenge in this blog will be to describe the Christian religion in such a way that the seeds of freedom which lie at its core germinate within us. This is not a task for the one, it is a task for the many. I look forward to the conversation.