Wednesday, September 27, 2006

a night in with our fiercest critics


Looking forward to our October cycle in mayBe - a night in with our fiercest (real or potential) critics. The idea is that we be open to them changing us if that is required, as well as perhaps confirming our direction if that seems good. Liza suggested it so she gets to go first this week and has produced a starting point resource for the conversation around the community meal (available via the mayBe website) on the 19 th C. Danish Christian philosopher Soren Kierkegaard (pictured). It seems that he had a thing about community - which is a really big deal for us - suggesting that community can be an excuse, diverting us from the real work for each individual of seeking God with authenticity. Should be good. Today we were knocking around ideas for other critics - including possibly Martin Amis on the idea of religion full stop: 'Today in the West there are no good excuses for religious belief - unless we think that ignorance, reaction and sentimentality are good excuses' [The Observer 10 Sept 06]

2 comments:

Sarcastic Lutheran said...

A bold and deeply faithful move. Right on.

ian said...

thanks Nadia. Feels a bit scary too. Been reading Ecclesiastes recently (as you do). The writer seems big into the self-criticism thing - and as a result does not emerge as a very cheery bunny. On the other hand (s)he comes up with some fantastic poetry, loves eating bread and drinking wine, and concludes with an exhortation to keep on seeking God. That'll do for me...