kerravonsen: I don't have enough faith to be an atheist. (faith-atheist)
[personal profile] kerravonsen
(days 3 and 4 didn't involve making posts)

In your own space, share something non-fannish you are passionate about with your fannish friends.

I was going to post about crochet, since it's been so new and shiny and fun, but what [personal profile] cesy said in her post struck a chord with me:
But actually, a lot of those, I'm not passionate about - they're just fun hobbies. I guess the biggest non-fannish thing I'm passionate about is my faith, but I tend to avoid talking about religion on my journal. We've got a wide variety of views represented in my DWircle, and I know that for some people, anything I say is going to come across as preaching.

Perhaps one reason I don't talk about my faith a lot in my journal is that it would be like a fish talking about water: it's always there, at the back of everything.

So I invite y'all: ask me questions about what I believe, and I'll answer them as best I can. I know that religion can be an inflammatory topic, so I'm trusting y'all to be polite and respectful, and in that trust, I'm not f'locking this post. Please don't give me cause to regret that.

Date: 2012-01-07 02:56 pm (UTC)
fred_mouse: cross stitched image reading "do not feed the data scientists" (Default)
From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
before I can ask more detailed sensible question, would you mention what grouping of faith?

Date: 2012-01-07 04:58 pm (UTC)
florentinescot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] florentinescot
I ♥ that icon, BTW. Have you read the book (by the same name)?

And I'm with you. I don't talk about it much -- but it's part and parcel of everything that I do -- as much as breathing is!

Baptist/Lutheran here

Date: 2012-01-07 05:50 pm (UTC)
florentinescot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] florentinescot
It's a very interesting little book. Give it a whirl!

Date: 2012-01-07 10:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] watervole
I suppose the thing I'm curious about is how much you take the bible to be word for word literally true.

We've just finished a jigsaw of a map of the world surrounded by pictures from the Bible, and three of the pictures were from the Apocrypha.

The mere existence of the Apocrypha always reminds me that the Bible hasn't always had a fixed canon - and that in turn emphasises the way that it developed from materials that were all written after Jesus's death.

I've never had problems believing that Jesus lived and was a great teacher, but it seems to me that a lot of material and stories accrued after his death, and thus it's safer to go with the spirit of what the Bible says rather than a word for word literal interpretation.

How do you feel about it? Do you feel the Biblical writers were divinely inspired, or were just writing the best knowledge they had of the past? Which books of the Bible do you consider to be critical and which ones are not core to your faith?

(I don't feel that the Bible being other than 100% accurate disproves the existence of God. Rather the contrary. Insisting that every word is true is about as crazy - in my eyes - as claiming that evolution proves God cannot exist.)

Date: 2012-01-10 05:53 pm (UTC)
watervole: (Default)
From: [personal profile] watervole
Thanks. That's given me some helpful understanding.

Date: 2012-01-07 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What writer/preacher/professor/whatever has had the most beneficial impact on how you view your faith (or hold or practice it)?

I'm always very curious about this with my fellow fannish Christians.

Date: 2012-01-07 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! :)

I can totally understand fandom being a influential that way. In fandom, I found the concept of midrash, which forever changed the way I look at the text--with the same incisiveness of arguing from canon, but also with the openness to look for the whole story, or the bits of the story no one talks much about, and expand upon those.

Date: 2012-01-07 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You mention faith but what flavour? Christian? Jewish? Islam? New Age?

I think from some of your posts that you are Christian but not what variety.

PS what are your views on reincarnation? Have you been here before? Or do you think we only get one shot?

Date: 2013-01-12 08:16 pm (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
But what unites us is stronger than what divides us.

Amen. And yet that simple truth is sadly often forgotten.

Date: 2012-01-09 08:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Onw of the (many) problems I have with the various manifestations of Abrahamic monotheism is what I perceive to be its intrinsic anthropocentrism. As I understand it, souls and the consequent possibility of an eternal afterlife are the unique province of the human animal, denied to all other animals. Plants, fungi, protists, and everything else don't get the privilege either. Is that a correct reading, and if so are you comfortable with it?

Date: 2013-01-12 08:12 pm (UTC)
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamflower
A devout Methodist here.

A few years ago there was a sort of detailed meme about one's faith/religion going around and I answered it in detail here:

... it would be like a fish talking about water: it's always there, at the back of everything.

What a wonderful metaphor! I like that very much!


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