As most of you know, i come from a devout evangelical holiness background (for those of you who dont know, that means i was raised about halfway between Jerry Farwell and David Koresh)
My path to liberty and freedom of thinking was partially inspired by my parents, both still good Nazarenes, partly in an inverse way by various evangelicals, including my uncles and a couple of holiness preachers who severely misguided me on my path to faith. but as much grief as the screwy pastors caused me, i thank them today, because one i got past the silliness, i went on a quest for the “true way” including catholocism, buddisn, native american religions and anywhere else i thought there might be hope. eventually, i realized it was a classic case of the blind leading the blind. there might or might not be a god, a creator, and one of the many religions of the world may have the facts either partially or wholly correct, but if they do, its the case of an infinite number of monkeys with typewriters, because no human knows.
pretty much no human knows anything at all, though the dear poor scientists keep slogging away to try to find a bit of truth here and there. i am not sure they are much closer than the fantasy tales of old, but at least they are willing, with a little encouragement, to throw over dumb ideas when new information arises, and as hard as it is, will eventually throw over the new assumption when the new information is superseded.
anyway, there is a discussion group on a literary social site i enjoy, Shelfari. It is called the Alexander Forum, in honor of the great library and intelligentsia of a bygone era in that Egyptian city. Today, as i was trying to take a break from the horror of watching people i care about embrace and defend the creep with a duck call and tv show a bread and very small mind, Phil Robertson, While it is becoming clearer to me that Mr. Robertson probably has more of an infatuation with the sexual organs of animals, he is getting to be less and less interesting for me to discuss or think about.
i browsed over to the Alex Forum and found some interesting reading. I wonder if I had been in association with like minded thinkers like these folks, if i would have held onto some sort of faith? its hard to say. as it is, i am happy to be in my mystical state of non belief. I havent read either book, and i dont completely agree with the points made on the threads at Alex, but I feel they are worthwhile to share and invite discussion here.
I especially find the thoughts on the pastoral letters of interest, maybe St Paul wasnt the bad guy i have made him out to be. Maybe the worst of his stuff isnt his stuff at all? maybe there was an imposter? easy enough for me to believe, but if i were a true believer, i am sure i would have issuses with cutting out chunks of the new testament as not written by this saint or that saint. I have often wondered how much of the stuff Jesus said, he actually said….
But then, there is that “slippery slope” and too, if somebody was brazen enough to go back and rewrite the “red letters” seems like that woulda added more Pauline crap. As always, any thoughts?