Beyond human-centred faith

I find the biggest difference with deeper greener styles of Christianity is their post-anthropocentrism. That is, they are not so human centred. Instead of limiting their spiritual focus to the relationship of God to humanity, or even more myopically, of God to the individual, a more expansive awareness is embraced. So not only is the relationship of God to the human considered but so … Continue reading Beyond human-centred faith

Christian monotheism and Pagan polytheism: Can they be reconciled?

In case any of you are wondering how I reconcile Christian monotheism with Pagan polytheism, here's a brief if somewhat incomplete explanation of how I understand deity. In essence, I differentiate between an uncreated One, who is the source of all life, and many created ones, who influence life in all its many aspects. Whether these created … Continue reading Christian monotheism and Pagan polytheism: Can they be reconciled?

The mysteries above and the mysteries below

It is common enough for Christians to observe that Christ is the key to understanding the Creator. For the witness of the scriptures is that Jesus is "the radiance of God’s glory" and "the exact representation of his being" and "in very nature God" and that "God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him". How … Continue reading The mysteries above and the mysteries below

Parenting Styles and Religious Beliefs

A number of sociologists have observed that people's political views, consciously or otherwise, often tend to mirror the parenting styles that they consider normal or positive. I have observed this is often also true of religious views. On the one hand, many view God as strict and authoritarian, as having a lot to say about law … Continue reading Parenting Styles and Religious Beliefs