I am not going to start a discussion, or any debate, as I know I will never win, but I will be praying for you, Luke. I stumble, i fall, i complain, i wonder, i despair, i almost quit, i quit sometimes, i have problems believing somethings (eg like whether the sabbath is really on saturday or sunday try and figure that one and let me know what you find out)and so many other things bro.But i get up cry before God almighty, deal with my guilty conscious coz of what i believe God has done for me and whether im anywhere near deserving of how he continues to love me, and i move on live to fight another day.I bonded with them briefly because the three of us were suddenly outcasts.
I grew up in Cambridge, Minnesota – a town of 5,000 people and 22 Christian churches.
My father was (and still is) pastor of a small church.
I know what it’s like to believe God is so far beyond human reason that we can’t understand him, but at the same time to fiercely believe Just to clarify, while I indeed do believe that “I am a Christian because I want to be one, and the logic flows from there” I believe that everyone’s logic flows from desire. We encounter truth because we long for truth (longing being a category of theological aesthetics, it seems to me), and that longing conditions our encounter of truth.
I believe in Christ because, in my longing for truth, I haven encountered his glory and presence in ways that I believe are every bit as valid as other sensory perceptions.
So, when I speak of the aesthetics of belief, I am saying that just as many materialists only believe in what can be experienced by the senses, I believe that my aesthetic encounters with God condition and shape my perception of reality. Well i guess i can share a few of your thoughts coz we lived together through some of these times and im sure we all had our moments where we faced a crossroad and we had to make a choice based on belief or anyother reason.
Hi, I came across your site while trying to find good audiobooks I can download. I can see that you are such a brilliant man, an intelligent one, and I believe God will speak to you (or have already been speaking), I jsut pray you will find it in you to listen to Him. Personally im still a christian who is trying to fight the good fight.
I moved to Minneapolis for college and was attracted to a Christian group led by Mark van Steenwyk. my life to Jesus, releasing myself from all cares and worries, and filling myself and others with love.
Mark’s small group of well-educated Jesus-followers were postmodern, “missional” Christians: they thought loving and serving others in the way of Jesus was more important than doctrinal truth. Then I began an investigation of the historical Jesus… I do not think I am strong enough to be an atheist. I have a broken leg, and my life is much better with a crutch…
I do not need to convince you of that God, since you seem satisfied as an atheist. Matt responded to my every sentence with care, understanding, and reason. My dad told me I had been led astray because I was arrogant to think I could get to truth by studying.
Humbled and encouraged, I started a new quest to find God. I was “doing discipleship” in my own strength, because I thought I was smart enough and disciplined enough.
I thought of this every time I saw something beautiful, and God delivered me from my depression (and my porn addiction).