A quick update
by Steve Douglas
July 18th, 2013 | 4 Comments
Hi, everyone. Remember me?
I’m not really abandoning the blog. But gosh if it doesn’t seem like I’ve said my piece on most of the topics I’ve discussed.
I have mostly used this blog as a way of working through major shifts in my theology; to give you an idea, here’s a roughly chronological if somewhat overlapping list of most of the major issues I’ve wrestled with (each followed by varying periods of campaigning for my conclusions) since the blog’s beginning:
- Explaining my already completed move away from futurism toward preterism
- Explaining my discomfort with CSBI-style inerrancy (which I already held suspect) toward a very mild sort of inerrancy called theological concordism, i.e. the belief that the Bible’s theological claims are all true even if its scientific and historical ones aren’t
- Acknowledgement (and justification) of my embrace of modern science, including evolutionary theory, etc.
- A budding conviction about the importance of the historical community of faith
- Expositions about the meaning of biblical faith, characterized by a growing social consciousness
- A modification of my bibliology to reject concordism in all its forms and accept the Bible as fully human with no divine guarantee of accuracy
- A rejection of soteriological exclusivism (the belief that only those who know Jesus by name can be saved)
- A growing discomfort with “full preterism” based on my developing historical-critical understanding of the Gospels
- Apathy about the arguments over the Atonement models morphing suddenly into fierce opposition to penal substitution
- A rising attraction to older forms of ecclesiology
- Acceptance of Christian universalism
Now, while I certainly don’t want to imply that I’ve arrived, I do think I’ve come to a certain equilibrium where I get the impression I’m in the right vicinity on a lot of the bigger theological issues, and the refinement process isn’t volatile enough to power the kinds of whopping posts I’ve done in the past. But as I said, I’m not packing it in. It’s just likely that going forward this site will be composed less of what amounted to articles and be more of a journal or…well, a blog.
I say that sincerely enough, but I also know how wary I am of posting a quick burst of opinion that misleads by giving an incomplete picture: although I have often attempted short posts in the past, I find that I end up explaining things so that the post can stand alone, which inflates its size. So who knows…
And for anyone concerned about my faith, as I typically am when blogs like mine suddenly go dark, don’t worry: it’s just as strong as it was. So strong that I just don’t feel threatened or that I need to defend it all the time, which is another reason the site has slowed down.
A third reason I’ve been posting less is that I’ve found an outlet for my theologizing in a remarkably eclectic Google+ Community I created called Theogeeks, intended for Christians or other interested parties not wanting to initiate Christianity vs. atheism/agnosticism, etc. debates. If you’d like to see what’s going on or have things you’d like to discuss I invite you to join.
Hope you all are well. Thanks for reading my update!
July 18th, 2013