In response to a DMN Religion Blog comment suggesting that Christians should call Jesus “Yehoshua,” I posted a comment with some polytheistic ideas. This led to a question from an uber-Catholic blog regular calling himself “RelicMM:”
JohnFranc: I mean no offense. Many times I have wondered where your loyalties actually lie with regard to religion. Will you appease my curiosity? I would never challenge your free will to believe whatever you choose.
And my answer:
Relic, I take no offense at the question, but I prefer blog readers to judge me based on the content of my comments and not on any labels that may carry emotional baggage.
But since you asked…
I am first and foremost a theist, because something inside me whispers that there’s more to life than the material world. I am a universalist, because I cannot reconcile the concept of a God wise enough and loving enough to create this wondrous universe with the concept of infinite punishment for finite sins. I am a skeptic, because I figure if God gave me a brain I should use it, and because so many religious claims strain credulity.
I have studied (to one degree or another) many religions, and I have found wisdom, truth, comfort, and inspiration in all of them. I’ve also found things in all of them I couldn’t accept. The last couple of years I’ve spent a fair amount of time studying indigenous religions and researching the origins of all religion (to the extent that an armchair academic can do so).
I grew up Baptist but realized I didn’t fit at a very early age. I became a Methodist as a young adult, but that didn’t fit either. I’m currently a member of (and very active in) a Unitarian Universalist church, where we like to say “we don’t have to think alike to love alike”.
I freely admit I may be wrong. In the end, this is an area where we cannot know, we can only have faith. But this is what I believe – this is what my head and my heart tells me is true. If I tried to believe something else, it would be a lie.
And now you know.