The Summons (another approach to humility)

This post is one in a series about Diane Duane's Young Wizards series.  I am using the books as a frame for talking about what kind of religion I might feel comfortable in.  Check out all posts on this topic at the series index. Yesterday, I wrote about one of the major reasons my pride makes me feel uncomfortable with the Christian idea of submission to God.  Several commenters pointed out that Lewis's allegory is not the only way to approach humility, so I thought I would use today to … [Read more...]

An exercise in arrogance

This post is one in a series about Diane Duane's Young Wizards series.  I am using the books as a frame for talking about what kind of religion I might feel comfortable in.  Check out all posts on this topic at the series index. The adventures of Nita and Kit in Diane Duane's Young Wizards series have a fierce urgency.  No matter whether they are called on to save a planet or to save a single person, they always have a duty and a purpose they gladly serve.  As is the case in most YA … [Read more...]

My Attempted Conversion Story

Most of the conversion stories I've read follow a general pattern: emptiness or unhappiness (even if it was only seen that way in retrospect), new exposure to a faith that not only fills the emptiness but speaks to you as though it was written just for you, a leap of faith, and a new pledged allegiance.  Mine was no different, even if it failed to take for fairly obvious reasons. I was having my typical experience at summer camp (any summer camp but CTY, that is).  The girls on my dorm … [Read more...]