This week features both: 1) A change in blog theme, if you haven’t already noticed, and 2) Returning to posts inspired by A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren. Almost too much awesomeness to handle all at once, I know. Take deep breaths if you get dizzy.
There, there. Everything’s going to be fine.
Actually, my line of thinking for this post originates from a conversation I had with a youth at our church last week about his faith, and the nature of faith in general. He had some amazing spiritual insight for his age (16), and drew from a variety of religious sources to get there, including a bit of sensationalized religious “wisdom” passed on from peers. In other words, as research would tell us, he is your typical American teenager [although I’ll give him higher than average marks for spiritual awareness and humility, imo].
It brought my memory back to a familiar question that I faced regularly in college, as I confronted religious diversity for the first time: “What are the essentials of my belief system?”…. [which is followed by the important corollary: “Why are they so essential, and what’s actually at risk if those essentials are muddied or disregarded?”]