In losing our faith, we may gain it back again: first faith ceding to second faith in the name of the stranger. This is the wager of anatheism. And the risk. For in surrendering our own God to a stranger God no God may come back again. Or the God who comes back may come back in ways that surprise us. ~ Richard Kearney
Reading Eric Minton’s article helped me realize I’m not alone in losing faith in hopes of regaining. For My Methodist Friends (and others): How to survive the death of your denominational home. Or not
Wagers are risky business but what’s certain is that I can’t sustain continued belief in the evangelical tenets prevalent in many churches. I do believe the following:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning. *
A question for myself: Am I willing to do the hard work of searching for truth and meaning or will I accept the laziness of an unquestioned path? I think our questions and struggles reveal what we love at our core. Shallow unquestioning acceptance, combined with a dislike or even hate toward those outside an accepted tradition, insults the richness and complexity of creation as well as our spiritual selves.
*From the Seven Principals of the Unitarian Universalist Church