I’ve already talked about being a Christian. Lots of times. But I have also been mistaken for an atheist, and perhaps this isn’t surprising. Many of the same arguments that lead Sam Harris to be an atheist are the reasons I cannot be a fundamentalist. And I certainly disbelieve in Zeus-like deities, even if they bear Judeo-Christian monikers. If I had to choose, I would certainly prefer naturalism to superstition – but I’m not persuaded that those are our only reasonable options. I find much in Buddhism appealing – its pragmatic approach to spirituality in an experiential manner. But I don’t find reincarnation plausible. I also have learned much from the Sufi tradition in Islam, without finding conversion to that tradition at all appealing, since mainstream Islam’s focus on divine sovereignty and rewards and punishments in the afterlife emphasizes exactly the same things I find least appealing in the Christian tradition.
I guess that’s what I am too. Experimental. An “experimental Christian” – is that a good label?