I remember when it was easy for me to identify a label for myself in the Christian arena. In fact up until about 5 or 6 years ago, I had no trouble at all describing my niche as Conservative-Non-Denominational-Evangelical-Charismatic…aka: the apex of evangelicalism. Branding my belief was an important step in being able to draw a clear philosophical and theological line in the proverbial sand.
Today, it’s way more complicated. As I glean new understanding of theological ‘otherness’, I pick up more and more descriptors because there is something that resonates with me in each one. Right now I’m more of a post-modern-post-evangelical-emerging-Emergent-occasionally-atheistic-Contemplative-Mystical-Evolutionary-Universalist-follower of God in the Way of Jesus kind of girl…I’m pretty sure that’s not static…*sigh*
When asked, rather than try to explain on the spot which side of doctrinal divides I find myself and what religious affiliation most closely describes me, I typically amalgamate all of my labels into a moniker that’s super easy and concise, yet broad, that most will not forget nor disagree with. Heretic, it just says so much.
I recently read a brilliant blog post, The Problem of Pietism: Why Non-dualistic Mystics and Atheists Get It Right, by Mike Morrell, an amazingly diverse human with a gift for communication and innate spiritual bravery. The title struck me immediately as it features more labels for me to explore and consider.
In this current piece, Mike shares his experience as friend to an increasing number of Atheist Christians. Think you know what’s coming next? You might be surprised. Contrary to what might seem logical to those who come from foundational Christian roots, these Atheists aren’t hardcore Dawkins and Hitchins-loving non-believers. Instead, they are former fully devoted followers of Christ that have come to an atheistic perspective in surprising settings, like their churches, the Biblical texts and via thinkers like Boenhoeffer, Zizek and Caputo. The article is full of brilliant quotes, video clips and links to all kinds of awesomeness…Read the full text here: mikemorrell.org