Living the questions  3

Christ indeed answers our questions; but he also questions our answers

Attributed to Rowan Williams in What Is A Rule of Life?

 

In my first post I tried to describe the faith journey that I am on; the journey into an experience of exile stimulated by changes in the world around me and consequent changes within me. I hinted that this is both an enriching and an unsettling journey.

Question the Answers by Walknboston CC BY 2.0
Question the Answers by Walknboston CC BY 2.0

If you had spoken to me several years ago I would have said that faith was about providing answers to very important questions: about God, about humanity, about who Christ is, about how we relate to God etc. I would have considered a faith that did not provide answers to be ‘woolly’, intellectually inadequate and without direction.

I have, however, now come to a different understanding of questions and answers. The problem with a focus on answers is with their finality. They give an impression of having arrived at the answer; that once the answer has been found we now possess the truth. There does not then seem to be much room for progression, nor any desire for movement. Not only does this not sit well in the current cultural climate, but, more seriously, it seems to leave no room for the mystery and incomprehensible nature of God. Read more

My journey  0

I want to be a grace guerilla
no longer a chameleon of karma
the time has come to stand out from the crowd.
I want to give forgiveness a fighting chance of freeing me
I want to live in love
and live it out loud.

(from Humanifesto by Gerard Kelly.1 The full poem is available here)

 

For several years I have been on a journey of exploration and discovery. It has been a journey from a settled and stable life of faith within a traditional, mainstream Christian denomination towards a less settled and stable, yet more personal and profound, life of discipleship.

annapurna-242482_640This pilgrimage has been prompted by a growing sense that the forms and expressions of faith that I had grown up with no longer ‘fit’ with the world in which I am living. It is widely recognised that our culture is undergoing a fundamental change. This has been described as a shift from modernity to postmodernity and from Christendom to post-Christendom.

It is not just society that has been changing. I have been changing with it and I now resonate with many aspects of postmodernism. Read more