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Faith and Belief Faith Expresses as Love Monday, July 17, 2017 Today Brian McLaren continues reflecting on faith and belief: We could say that Christian faith (like many other faiths) was an engine of human cultural evolution when it came on the scene. It introduced new beliefs into human consciousness that liberated millions from older… Continue Reading Faith Expressed as Love
Faith and Belief A System of Beliefs or a Way of Life? Sunday, July 16, 2017 The terms belief and faith are often used synonymously. Yet they are very different. As David Benner says, “Belief is conviction of the trustworthiness of a proposition. . . . Faith, on the other hand, can never be reduced… Continue Reading A System of Beliefs or a Way of Life?
Tradition Wolf in the Henhouse Wednesday, January 18, 2017 The word catholic comes from the Greek kata (meaning “through” or “throughout”) and holos (meaning “whole”). This word was originally used by Ignatius of Antioch as early as the year 100 to precisely include all Christians, and it is a shame that it later was used… Continue Reading Wolf in the Henhouse
From the Bottom Up: Introduction Bias from the Bottom Friday, January 6, 2017 (Feast of the Epiphany) Another aspect of the phrase “from the bottom up” has to do with the biblical and Franciscan emphasis on the path of descent. Most of religion is ideological: it defines reality from the top down. It begins with… Continue Reading Bias from the Bottom
Trinity: Week 3 Interfaith Friendship Monday, September 26, 2016 Trinitarian theology offers us perhaps the best foundation for true interfaith dialogue and friendship we’ve ever had, because now Christians don’t have Jesus as our primary or only trump card. This makes mutual respect and intelligent dialogue with other religions easier and much more natural. Up… Continue Reading Interfaith Friendship
Healing from Religion’s Wounding Alumna Teresa B. Pasquale’s book Sacred Wounds: A Path to Healing from Spiritual Trauma, with a foreword by Richard Rohr, will be published in October. Brian McLaren writes: “So many people have been wounded by religion. So few understand the personal, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of these wounds. As a pastor… Continue Reading Teresa B. Pasquale
The Wisdom Tradition Alternative Orthodoxy Thursday, January 8, 2015 Most Christian churches have spent an awful lot of time concerned about maintaining verbal and ritual orthodoxy—the official doctrines and liturgies (when even the Roman church legitimates at least 16 forms of the Mass in all of its Eastern Rites!). We must be honest and admit… Continue Reading Alternative Orthodoxy