Saturday, October 07, 2006

religion = stupid

We're into week 2 in mayBe of opening ourselves up to our fiercest critics [real. potential or imagined]. This week Martin Amis [see last post] and Richard Dawkins ["bad ideas, useless ideas, waste of time ideas like rain dances and other religious customs, will also be passed down the generations - the child brain is very susceptible to this kind of infection" interview with Salon.com] Ouch. But actually the consensus in our conversation seems to be that our spirituality/religion is not sustained by evidence. We would have dumped the whole thing a long time ago if that were true. But somehow we seem to keep on being found by the brilliant-unsettling-mystery-that-is-God. Tomorrow we're in the park for our Eucharist. Jim's got this idea for throwing leaves in the air and watching them fall.

3 comments:

James said...

Have you read Pete Rollins' "How (Not) To Speak of God"? It sounds like it might make a good companion to your current series.

ian said...

heh thanks James. Yes reading it at the moment - and good stuff it is too - offering us provocative and inspiring resources. I like this [p 21]: "If theology comes to be understood as the place where God speaks, then we must seek, not to speak of God, but rather to be that place where God speaks."

Sarcastic Lutheran said...

This weekend I was at a meeting in Texas where, when discussing belief and dis-belief, I came to the place where I said (about the Bible) "I believe it's so true that I don't have to believe in it".