What this site is about
Are you a “lapsed Christian”? Do you “wish you could believe”? Then maybe this site, and the book, are for you.
If you grew up Christian, you have a certain worldview built into the way you think – and yet, maybe you’re finding it hard to believe “all that stuff.” And yet, you feel a God-shaped hole in your soul that is leaving your days feeling empty.
I think I may have some information for you that will help.
Most people are taught what I refer to as the “folk art” version of Christianity – filled with superficial metaphors and childlike simplicity. I don’t know your background, but what you’ve been told about Jesus and the New Testament is probably wrong.
If you want to explore Christian Spirituality with an explanation for the 21st century, I invite you to read on. This is not a “new” version of Christianity, but an understanding that has existed for 2000 years. Nor is it an esoteric, “hidden” knowledge – this has all been available for centuries to anyone who wanted to search for it.
I’ve avoided writing this down for decades because I believe that almost everything that I have to say has been said, and often better, by others. However, in conversations with people it has become crystal clear to me that many (perhaps most) people have never had the opportunity to be introduced to these ideas. So, I set out to write blog posts about these topics, always trying to refer back to the original sources. I hope that readers will find an idea that intrigued them and that they follow up by reading some of the originals. These original works stand the test of time and the sieve of experience for a reason.
Those blog posts eventually turned into a book (forthcoming).
In this process, I received feedback that the ideas in it were scattered and therefore hard to follow. Part of this is unavoidable, due to the very lack of power of language that I will be discussing throughout. However, after some soul-searching, I decided to try to make the material more coherent – I hope I’ve succeeded, at least somewhat.
My purpose in writing this blog (and the book) is to help people to realize that there is a whole history of thoughtful, relevant and God-inspired works that are not taught in most churches.
“Acquiring the Spirit of God is the true aim of our Christian life, while prayer, fasting, almsgiving and other good works done for Christ’s sake are merely means for acquiring the Spirit of God.”(Saint) Seraphim of Sarov, On the Acquisition of the Holy Spirit
There, in one sentence, is perhaps the explanation of the purpose of this entire endeavor. Now, of course, everyone wants details, so I try to give them as best I can.
I’ve purposely tried to keep the essays/blog posts short, so they can easily be read in a sitting. However, in order to be able to do that, I’ve necessarily had to eliminate a lot of details that people might find important. So, I’ve added an introduction (link is below), a reading list, and some footnotes. Sometimes I could not find any other way to explain some important details without interrupting the main flow of the essay.
I rotate the essays on this blog post, which I think gives you something to think about every day (or so). Because of this, there is some duplication in a few of the essays. I urge you to read the introduction before skipping around – it will give you the “lay of the land” so that you can understand what I’m referring to in the essays.
I’m sure that many people will disagree with some of the things that I’ve written; it’s nice to know that true Christianity allows you to do that. To the extent that the conversation remains civil and well-informed, I am happy to post your comments.
To all people who are open to a different way of looking at things: I hope you find my essays helpful, or enlightening, or at least entertaining.