On Being a Christian

Tibetan Copper Gautama Buddha 14th c.AD

In a recent reading of Erich Fromm's To Have or to Be, I've once again confronted an identity crisis. Am I a Christian or have I merely had faith? Christianity's Eastern roots would demand the prior, but the American Christian world at large bellows the latter in 3D Dolby Digital surround sound.¬†Fromm's emphasis upon two modes of existence epitomizes all that I love and hate about twenty-first century Christianity. I love the possibility of a new way being. I hate the current possession of … [Read more...]

World Religions and Ecumenicism

Coexist - Nick Baumgartner via Wylio

For the past year, I've been teaching courses in Humanities at a local community college. In my professional role, I have to maintain a certain degree of detachment from the various topics from lecture to lecture. This includes the major world religious traditions. While maintaining my personal¬†Christian faith, I have learned to appreciate the other traditions for their contributions to global faith and to personal enrichment. There is a measure of humanity that needs and longs for rites and … [Read more...]


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