speaking to our humanity

i loved the whole article by Mark Vernon, but the last lines in this paragraph resonate perfectly with me…

I feel a bit of an impostor, standing behind a lectern giving a religious address. It’s not that I haven’t done it before. I used to be an Anglican priest. However, now I’m agnostic about Christianity – though I rather like the phrase Diarmaid MucCulloch has coined, being a ‘candid friend’ of Christianity. You see, we agnostics worry about Christianity too – and for not dissimilar reasons to those I imagine are shared by many here. We know we need it, as much as those of faith need it, for Christianity is the great story of our lives. But we worry that this great story, at least in the west, is not speaking to our humanity as it might do, so as to enlarge it.

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  1. Blair

    Agreed Cheryl. The feeling of being a bit of an impostor is not an unfamiliar one; whether in or out of the embrace of faith.

    I can’t decide whether it’s the story of God that isn’t speaking to our humanity, or the way the official representatives of the story determine it must be told?

    I balk at the idea that there is one official story of God anyway – even in the Christian Bible. There’s quite a number really. Enough rambling…

  2. I’m sure. Though he’s writing it [and i’m reading it] as an agnostic, so christianity is something different to being a story of god for him [and me].

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