It’s no wonder that thoughtful people who are trying to live for God come to regard self as the problem. After all, we often tend to experience our self needs, our existential needs, as a raging, insatiable fire that inexorably drives us into self-destructive behavior, or into the mistreatment of those around us. Our drives… Continue reading Intentional Grounding
Category: General Theology
Not a Dead Self, But a Grounded Self
There is a long stream of Christian thought in the English language that names ego, “self”, or even “Self” as what is wrong inside of us. I believe that this is at the same time tragically near to and far from the truth. Is it that one poor choice of words has had such devastating… Continue reading Not a Dead Self, But a Grounded Self
Introduction If Christianity is to be viable in the twenty-first century, it will need to be reformed to a degree perhaps even more sweeping than the Protestant Reformation five hundred years ago. The reason for this is that in those five hundred years, the development of the conscience of humanity has outpaced the development of… Continue reading Redefining Christianity
Believing what Makes Us Happy
I believe in God because I want to–because it makes me happy. It brings romance into my life. God is my original love interest. To me he is the most beautiful and fascinating person in the universe. He made me–I believe he did. I never want to be ashamed of loving him. We get along.… Continue reading Believing what Makes Us Happy
Learning to Think Unbiblically
I remain passionately in love with the Trinitarian God, while becoming more and more convinced that Christian thinking stunts human development. “Christian thinking” is not the best or clearest term, but I haven’t yet found a better one. In one sense, all my thinking is Christian thinking, in that I am soaked in the Christian… Continue reading Learning to Think Unbiblically
Spiritual Power or Spiritual Flourishing?
Introduction It comes as a surprise to no one, least of all those who have suffered from some form of spiritual abuse, that spiritual power corrupts just as much as any other kind. Anyone capable of desiring power over another person is, by that very fact, precisely the person who will inevitably abuse it. Few… Continue reading Spiritual Power or Spiritual Flourishing?