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Blogger/rocker Brianna Kocka

Like so many of us these days, Brianna Kocka is on the boundary of faith and doubt, Christianity and non-Christianity. She’s blogging through her thoughts and experiences. I met with her last week, and she’s sharp. You should read this post, and subscribe to her blog:

So where did this break down for me? I can’t remember if it was while I was in class, or maybe I was doing some reading on Socrates. Either way, I came across his paraphrased quote: “All I know is that I know nothing.” It was like ripping a muscle to make you stronger: it hurt like hell when I read it, but I knew, in all of its humility, that there was something there, it was burning and ripping something new in me. If there was one assertion that could ever be made, it was that we can’t fully ‘get at’ anything, except admitting that we can’t.

This Socratic concept was an act of grace and humility for me. I began to accept that my worldview was but a speck in the great cosmos. In this I had to admit to myself that maybe, just maybe my understanding of the Bible as I knew it was wrong, or at least not right. My foundation was crumbling, and next I had to ask myself, ‘how then do you view the Bible?’

Upon a lot of introspection and critical thinking, I’ve now learned that most of what I am reacting to is bad theology.

Read the rest: Blame it on Socrates: The Bible and Doubt | brianna kocka.

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  • There’s an important part of the faith journey when you allow everything you believe to be stripped away and then rebuilt one piece at a time, abandoning the false and the broken and the evil and only allowing the good and pure and beautiful to remain.

  • Craig

    “Bad theology” sounds almost like “bad astrology.” Some theology is worse than other theology, but is there any that is truly good? Where?

    • All human endeavors are flawed from the start. But what are we to do? Sit and stare at the wall? We keep trying, but we always need a huge dose of humility.

      • This is the question I continue to ask myself, Curtis. Where do we start? I’m interested in hearing various answers, and was actually planning on blogging about this exact thing today.

        • “These people come near to me with their mouth
          and honor me with their lips,
          but their hearts are far from me.
          Their worship of me
          is based on merely human rules they have been taught.
          Therefore once more I will astound these people
          with wonder upon wonder;
          the wisdom of the wise will perish,
          the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”

          Isaiah 29:13-14 (NIV)

  • Or, Diana Butler Bass’ paraphrase of the same thing

    “Christianity was never intended
    to be a system or a structure
    of belief in the modern sense;
    it originated as a
    disposition of the heart.”

    from “Christianity After Religion”

    • I can stomach this concept better than the Bible quote, but then I might ask, if Christianity is a disposition of the heart, why does it have to be “christian” to begin with?

      Also, I’ve posed your question on my blog today: http://briannakocka.com/2013/02/19/where-do-we-start-moving-on-from-a-faith-crisis/

      • I don’t think one DOES have to be Christian to begin with. The word “Christian” is just shorthand for a determination to follow Christ and belong to the community of others who do so. But one can seek to follow Christ (or even do it unintentionally!) without calling oneself “Christian.”

        In the parable of the Sheep and the Goats, the Sheep never knew who they were helping. They were rewarded simply for their disposition to help

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  • Mr. T!

    Wow, she capos an electric at the 4th fret while holding a bar chord! Hmmmm.

    • What does that tell us about her theology, Mr. T?

      • It tells us that her theology is in the key of G#.

    • That song is played in 5/8, too. 🙂

  • Mr. T!

    That probably means she has a firm grip on the difficult issues but can easily transpose a concept from one context to another.

  • Coming to that realization created a crisis in my life, but in the end, it freed me to be honest and grow.