Biblical Scholars and Personal Religion

It is exciting to learn that a new blog has been created by Alan Lenzi, devoted to the subject of Biblical Scholars and Personal Religion. Take a look!

On an unrelated note, I just can’t bring myself to dedicate a post about tonight’s episode of LOST [spoilers alert]. Sure, there was significant religious content, both in the reference to God on the chalkboard in the classroom, which Jack was erasing, and the “evangelical” appeal made to Miles by a mysterious group of individuals who may be connected with the Others, or a third group as yet unencountered (but presumably connected with Iliana, the woman who captured Sayid and took him on the plane bound for Guam, who I suspect was employed by Ben). So why no post just about this episode? I guess I just have a soft spot for Ewoks

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  • I haven’t come to “grips” with the “whole picture” (and maybe I never will), but it seems that personal faith is based on many factors…whether one’s childhood identification was closely alligned by religion and then was the experience an affirming or dis-affirming one…then there is experiential experience later (as you had in your teens)and what was the defining “image” or “message” of that “conversion experience”…then there is the whole framework in which we understand life, values, etc. and how we “fit” or do not “fit” these views together…is faith a process where by one comes to maturity “out of faith”, as in understanding the development of Israel’s “god”?Or is one’s understanding of faith more narrative specific?or is one’s faith mystical/spiritual?many more “frames”, but you see what I mean…Does one then have “personal faith”, if one changes from their previous understanding, or has faith just been put in a different realm…like instead of scripture or experience, faith is in reason…or is faith in all of life, which does not make the distinction of the sacred and secular?interesting…