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Thread #165555   Message #3973401
Posted By: Joe Offer
25-Jan-19 - 01:01 AM
Thread Name: BS: 12 and a spare, how many can you name?
Subject: RE: BS: 12 and a spare, how many can you name?
OK, Steve, but what if faith isn't about proving oneself right? I think that too many people waste too much time trying to prove themselves rights about things that don't matter anyhow. What if faith, is about living a well-lived life, based on shared values and myths and traditions?

I just finished reading a fascinating novel Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson. It's a Congregationalist pastor's examination of his own life, written in the form of a letter to his son. The letter is full of self-doubt and self-questioning. I think that self-doubt and self-questioning are the fate of all honest people with healthy psyches.

An interesting quote from page 177: Nothing true can be said about God from a posture of defense.

I think there's a lot of truth in that - faith is something to be lived, not argued about.                        

It really doesn't matter who's right or wrong...but I'm still proud I could name the 12 apostles without looking them up.