Once upon a time, we identified more with the work that we did and the things that we made than we did with what we consumed. In overtly stratified societies, roles were easily delineated, and had the potential to provide a source of security and comfort
With so much complexity, constant change and consequent threats to privilege, power and identity occurring at a spectacular pace, the need for certainty and simplicity becomes not only real, but a necessary resolution for conquering the disorienting impact of fear.
I stumbled into fundamentalism by making a common assumption: I’d become a Christian because I wanted to know and follow the Truth, and being a fundamentalist merely meant adhering to the “fundamentals” of faith.
When compared with modern culture, Jesus really seems to get everything backwards. Any financial planner will tell you it is wise to plan for the future for the sake of your personal security. But if that is the basis of your security, Jesus is liable to call you out.
Prayer can be a touchy subject whether one is a Christian or not because in some sense it is really where your mettle is proven. Along my own path I've been subjected to a variety of practices, and still find it to be a difficult endeavor.
There is a lot of equivocation over the apparently ambiguous word "shame." In contemporary parlance, it has a psychological meaning which denotes a person's total identification with a negative behavior or transgressive status.
There is an Orthodox tradition that hell is the ongoing eternal presence of God experienced by those who have chosen not to be in communion with him.
Despite the evasions of people who would like to pretend otherwise and dismiss it, fundamentalism is not just a bad name that some people call others they disagree with, but it is a very real mode and approach to understanding reality. Although the word may sometimes be used as a pejorative, fundamentalism is real. I know from experience.
Since converting to Christianity when I was seventeen, it's been obvious to me that Christian faith should apply to all of life. In fact, it seems so obvious and fundamental that it has never occurred to me that it is something that needs to be stated. That may be one reason why I am suspicious of people who feel the need to state it constantly.
I started working as an editor nearly twenty years ago. SInce then, I've edited and revised hundreds of books. One of the biggest projects I was a part of included editing various Puritan texts by updating the language to make them more readable to my Protestant clients.