Post a collection of 10 things you believe, ethical, philosophical or theological. You choose how much to connect them or make them coherent: do you want people to know where you belong, or do you want to mix and match to keep them guessing? I encourage you not to aim for a totally coherent credal statement of faith, and I also encourage you to put one or two in about controversial topics.
If you want, tag three other people whose beliefs you think you’d like to read about.
- I believe God created the universe and everything in it, but neither Genesis nor anything else in the Bible tells us how God did so.
- I believe the scientific method is the most effective means of overcoming bias and expanding our understanding of the natural world, but it is not foolproof and it does not tell us everything worth knowing.
- I believe that everything good–and a fair bit that’s evil–begins with love, but all of it points to the God who is love.
- I believe that representation, not replacement, is the heart of Christian theology, but most Christians seem to disagree. Jesus did not die and rise again so that we would not have to; he died and rose so that we would as well.
- I believe faith without works is dead, but I have a much easier time with the faith part than the works part. Faith is less about believing the right things, and more about trusting your whole life to the one who gave it to you–which is easier to say than to do.
- I believe good and evil are objective–that some things are just plain wicked whether anyone recognizes it or not– but whether we can know the right thing to do in any particular situation is an open question.
- I believe that fundamentalists come in all sorts, and they are all out of their minds, but they are people too. Sanity requires balance and charity, including towards those on the extreme fringes.
- I believe lives and beliefs are most directly shaped by stories–our own and those of others–, but I don’t think we pay nearly enough attention to the stories we enjoy.
- I believe free will is the most important gift God has given us, but most of us are too content to go with the flow.
- I believe we must always accept the possibility that we might be wrong, but that we should not live in fear of it happening.