Jared, over at Exultate Justi, has a great post up reminding all of the PBS two part special called "The Question of God" that begins tonight:
"Ooh!" said Susan, "I'd thought he was a man. Is he--quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion."
"That you will, dearie, and no mistake," said Mrs. Beaver, "if there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most or else silly."
"Then he isn't safe?" said Lucy.
"Safe?" said Mr. Beaver. "Don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."
He isn't safe, but He is good. So, also, is an upcoming 2-part special, soon to air on PBS.
The Question of God - a production of WGBH Boston and Walden Media - features Dr. Armand Nicholi, a Harvard professor and author, as well as a panel of seven individuals from wildly different backgrounds, discussing the single most important question in all of human existence - the question of God. Is there a God? If so, what is He like? Does the existence of God really matter to us in our day-to-day lives? Where does our sense of morality come from - evolutionary experience, or a loving Creator? these questions, and others like them are debated by the panel - made up of Jungian analyst Margaret Klenk, Dr. Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptics magazine, Attorney Jeremy Fraiberg, independent filmmaker Louis Massiah, Harvard professor and physician Dr. Frederick Lee, and investment banker J. Douglas Holladay - within the context of a look at the lives of two of the intellectual giants of the 20th century - Dr. Sigmund Freud, and C.S. Lewis.
I plan on watching.
It's amazing really to sit and ponder where I am now spiritually and where I was just a scant couple of years ago.
Although I find kinship with evangelical Christians, strong kinship, I can no longer call myself an evangelical. Not long ago, I would engage just about anyone on the topic of faith, and would do so confidently, with assurance and a sense that I knew that of which I spoke about.
I now find myself thinking along these lines:
- Church, as defined traditionally, has been left behind. I'm torn between the old mindset that sees this as a problem and the new mindset that defines Church so much more broadly.
- Talking with others about the faith is pretty much gone. I rarely now bring it up. I've simply lost confidence that I have something to say worth hearing.
- Grace at the family dinner table has changed. Before, I always led as we held hands, bowed our heads, and thanked God for his provision. A few months back, I announced that Grace would from now on be said privately. And again, I find myself torn between the old mindset (not saying Grace together and aloud is a bad thing) and the new that thinks God judges less our outward acts of devotion and more our inner attitudes toward Him (a mindset that does, I must confess, cause me some concern... as I don't think my inner attitude toward Him is where it ought to be).
- The idea that God relates to us personally no longer seems to be something I cling to with the level of confidence I held to in the past. Again, this is troubling for me but it's where I am.
- I think the Scriptures to be a holy collection. I can't any longer state that I can confidently point to a particular passage and expound on why it is particularly holy.
These are but a few of the thoughts that go through the noggin at this point in my life.
Nevertheless, I find the things of God fascinating.
I think the pursuit of truth (of and about God) to be holy and with that mindset, I'll be watching tonight's show.
Hope you're pursuing Him too...
UPDATE: Doug LeBlanc at GetReligion has link laden thoughts.