“That’s why, in some respects, the people who come out of fundamentalism are not the ones who didn’t really believe it. They’re the ones who really did. They took it completely seriously and experienced this impotence.”~Peter Rollins.
I think he is on to something there. As an ex-AA, a former true believer in ‘the program’ or at least as a guy who wanted to believe or tried to believe, I can feel my own anger at the impotence.
“That’s the good news of Christianity for me. It’s not that you can be happy and whole, but rather that life is crap and you don’t know the answers. It’s good news to be freed from the oppression that there’s something that’s going to make it all better. When you’re free from that and begin to work through your brokenness and suffering with a set of rituals, practices and sacraments that help us encounter our humanity, I think we become more loving, more beautiful, more grace-filled people.”
I am not a Christian and I am not sure that I need a set of rituals, practices, or sacraments to encounter my humanity but I do think the idea of acceptance, freedom from the oppression of finding ‘an answer’ is still refreshing.
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Christians should abandon Christianity.