Driffield Methodist Church

Thoughts

Before doubt, I thought  faith was a matter of correct beliefs. "....if I didn't hold the right beliefs, or at least say that I held them, I would be excommunicated from my community, and perhaps, after death, from God's presence." I tried to do the same, and I would still be  doing so today if not for doubt."

"Faith after Doubt" Brian McLaren


“Be Brave and Take Risks: You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don't have to have it all figured out to move forward.”

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.

Alan Watts (1915-1973)



Christianity did not begin with a confession. It began with an invitation into friendship, into creating a new community, into forming relationships based on love and service.

Diana Butler Bass



The task of religion is not to turn us into proper believers; it is to deepen the personal within us, to embrace the power of life, to expand our consciousness, in order that we might see things that eyes do not normally see.

John Shelby Spong 


Religion is part of the human make-up. It's also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy.

Christopher Hitchens


To live and to work in one world and believe and pray in another makes our lives seem fragmented and disconnected, even alienated from what is truly lifegiving. (pg. 21)

From "Radical Amazement" by Judy Cannato

My point, once again, is not that those ancient people told literal stories and we are now smart enough to take them symbolically, but that they told them symbolically and we are now dumb enough to take them literally.

John Dominic Crossan


"God is the compassionate consciousness in which we all live."

BLUE SKY GOD 

The evolution of science and Christianity


If you muster the courage to raise your questions aloud, chances are you will be treated to a menu of facile clichés, unsatisfactory platitudes, or even threats of excommunication in this life and hell after death. If you keep your questions a secret, you may feel increasingly divided, even hypocritical, showing the mask of a happy believer on Sundays but living with a growing inner disillusionment the rest of the week. “Why does faith always feel like pumping water uphill?” you wonder. “Why does it take so much effort to maintain?” You understand why so many people decide to drop out of religion entirely.

FAITH AFTER DOUBT

Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It

Brian D. McLaren