Recently (Jan 2014) I wrote an article that was published in The Cumberland Presbyterian Magazine. I know you all read it so I won’t bore you with the details but for the few (all) of you who didn’t read it let me give a quick summary.
A few years ago I was given the task of writing something for young adult ministry. Specifically, it was to be something that could be used by congregations to build their own young adult ministry. I wrote about building your own faith. Well, that never really materialized into anything more than just an article but for the last few years I’ve experienced the weight of my own words. In short, I think beliefs are not a solid foundation for the Christian faith.
I’ve spent years in school delving into theological concepts and I continue that endeavor today. It’s not that I don’t think beliefs matter, they just aren’t the foundation.
With that in mind I’ve decided to practice what I preach so to speak this lent. Peter Rollins a few years ago introduced what he calls “de-centering practices”. One of these is called “Atheism for Lent”. He wrote in a recent blog post,
…the auto-deconstructive approach to theology is one that opens up a fundamentally different way of understanding faith, an understanding that is rooted in a form of life rather than the affirmation of some particular belief.
This speaks true in my life. I think the foundation or the root of the Christian faith is not some belief but a form or way of life found in the words and actions of Jesus.
So, I thought that nothing would help me continue my thinking, (dare I say… belief) that belief is not foundational than exploring atheism.
For lent, I’m “giving up” Christianity using the de-centering practice Atheism for Lent.
Check out this link if you want to join me!