Statement of Faith

If you’re looking for the Apostle’s Creed, I’m sorry my friends. You’ve come to the wrong place.

For kicks and giggles (more giggles than kicks; they’re more fun), I’ve decided to create a living document of what I believe. The main purpose of this is to allow trolls to take potshots at me and my beliefs. It’s also alerts any saved, born-again believers that the majority of content on this blog is heresy.

For those readers of mine who don’t fall into either of the aforementioned categories, this is an admission of bias. Hopefully it will help you understand my perspectives and the framework from which I am writing. It is a forum for me to flesh out what I believe and how that relates to you or anyone else.

This is a living document, always open to revision and updates. This is what I believe. I make know claims to immutable, infallible truth. This is only the way I see and understand things right now. It’s open for discussion.

Positive beliefs:

  1. God is the sum of all qualities which we do not understand, the Divine Mystery.
  2. The Logo is the divine order or algorithm upon which the universe is based.
  3. All of Creation possesses the image of God.
  4. All creatures and natural systems are inherently of equal value.
  5. Actions which recognize and affirm the image of God are righteous.
  6. Failure to recognize and affirm the image of God is sin.
  7. Religion is the practice of recognizing the image of God within Creation.
  8. The Bible is a human reflection on image of God; therefore, the Bible is inspired by God.
  9. The Bible is true.

Negative beliefs:

  1. God is not causal (i.e. does not intervene in human history).
  2. God is not a person, being, character or personality; essentially, God is not a “who.”
  3. There is no Heaven and no Hell, no angels or demons struck in some cosmic battle.
  4. The Bible is not factual.

7 thoughts on “Statement of Faith”

  1. theclassicalconservative said:

    Just a bit confused…If the Bible is true how can it not be factual? If the events described in the Bible did not happen, then they are clearly either deliberate lies or examples of misinformation.

    I think I understand you to mean that the concepts in the Bible are true and the events not factual, correct?

    Even with this understanding however, a document MUST be factual to be true. If we cannot trust some parts of it, how can we trust the other?

    Furthermore, IF God is not causual, than the gospel, the whole point of the Bible is not true. If the main theme of the Bible is not true, than why should we credit the rest of it which supports the gospel? Who are we to sift what we want out of the Bible and leave the rest.

    I think that your statement of faith would be much stronger, more logical, and clearer, if you simply discredited the Bible.

    This is very interesting, BtW

  2. If the events described in the Bible did not happen, then they are clearly either deliberate lies or examples of misinformation.

    There is another possibility. The stories weren’t intended to be read factually. Jesus frequently spoke in parables. I doubt you would classify them as deliberate lies or misinformation. In the same way, I don’t think that the authors of the Bible considered scientific or historical accuracy to be their primary concern.

    Just because a story isn’t factually accurate, doesn’t mean it isn’t true. It also doesn’t mean the story is a lie or deliberate misinformation. If a person mistakenly interprets such a story as factual, the error is in the person’s interpretive framework, not in the text, the message, or with the author. When one has an issue with the text, I think that one should reevaluate (and if necessary dismantle) one’s interpretation of the text, rather than reevaluate and dismantle the text.

    I’ll get to the causal God bit later.

  3. I’ve added a new post entitled Interpreting Scripture to my Redefining Orthodoxy series. Hopefully it addresses your questions in some more depth.

  4. natesims said:

    I’d also be interested in your thoughts on how God could not be causal. I’m a Calvinist and so am on the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of God’s sovereignty. Even if the Bible is not factually accurate, the well worn verse “God causes all things to work together…” seems to stick out in my mind as a road bump in the ideology of a non causal God.

    would love to hear your thoughts on this.

  5. Nate! Good to hear from you. Thanks for joining the conversation. In my Redefining Orthodoxy series, I’ve addressed your questions more in depth in the posts The Causal God and God Re-understood.

    But to briefly address you comment, I cannot reconcile the Causal God with the Just God. I would rather believe that God is just than that God is causal, which led to my rejection of the causal God. I explain this in more depth in The Causal God. Rejecting the causal God forced me to reexamine my understanding of God. My understanding is explained in God Re-understood.

    Regarding how I square my beliefs with the Bible, check out Interpreting Scripture and the ensuing discussion.

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