What can I know?

September 17, 2009 at 9:06 pm 4 comments

I was a seminary-trained pastor who felt responsible for those I pastored. I was responsible for telling them the truth, and more- for pointing to the Truth, the Way and the Life. My problem was that I could not figure out what the truth (or Truth) was. At one point, I counted at least twelve possible biblical understandings of Jesus and the Christian gospel- all of which were supported by some verses and condemned by others. What was I supposed to teach? The more I studied, the less confidence I had that I could say anything certain about God’s works or will. Eventually, I had to admit to myself that I had no confidence I could say anything certain about God, including whether or not there was one. When I reached that point, I asked my bishop to release me from my ministry.

Back in April, Leopardus posted a video about critical thinking and open mindedness. The same people have now made a video called Putting Faith in its place. This video shows the reasoning that led me to deconversion better than I could. Enjoy.

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Dealing with Doubt Hypocrisy

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  • 1. LeoPardus  |  September 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I love QualiaSoup’s work.

    For those who wonder the final phrase that pops out of the box is
    “Omne ignotum pro magnifico” Latin for, “Everything unknown is taken to be magnificent” (Yes. I had to look it up. My Latin is lousy.)

  • 2. Grommel  |  September 18, 2009 at 3:31 am

    QualiaSoup rules. Their videos are precise, logical and excellent.

  • 3. LeoPardus  |  September 19, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Aaaaaarrrrrrrr! ‘Tis goud t’inkin’ ‘ere. An’ meh t’anks t’ Questaaair fer a’postin’ it.

    Maiy t’e eFFeSSeNN touch ye wit’ ‘is nooodlyyy appandange on this fiiine Sept 19th.

  • 4. Ubi Dubium  |  September 19, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Yarr, Leo! It be the highest of all the Pastafarian High Holy Days! Eat some pasta and drink some grog, everyone, that you may feel the true presence of His Noodliness (pesto be upon him!)

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