'Very interesting, it's all about not alienating people before they even think about crossing the threshold of where you worship.' Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2 Do you feel more at home on the edges of faith than at the centre? Would you call yourself a bit of a black sheep?Too often Christian spirituality has been associated with conformity, or a subculture where people'Very interesting, it's all about not alienating people before they even think about crossing the threshold of where you worship.' Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2Do you feel more at home on the edges of faith than at the centre? Would you call yourself a bit of a black sheep?Too often Christian spirituality has been associated with conformity, or a subculture where people don't feel able to ask questions. But Dave Tomlinson, author of How to be a bad Christian, doesn't think it has to be like this; instead, our spiritual communities can be 'laboratories of the Spirit' - places where we can explore issues of faith and spirit with openness, imagination and creativity.Welcome to black sheep spirituality - where doubts and questions are an essential part of faith; where difference of opinion is a sign of a secure community; where divine revelation is embraced wherever it is found - in the arts, science and the natural world as well as religious tradition; and where faith is something that is lived and practised rather than embalmed in beliefs or ritual.'Theology for anyone and everyone' BBC Radio 2...
|Title||:||Black Sheep and Prodigals: An Antidote to Black and White Religion|
|Number of Pages||:||256 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Black Sheep and Prodigals: An Antidote to Black and White Religion Reviews
I am grateful to Dave Tomlinson for his ability to express the difficulties involved in subscribing to any black and white religion. I recognise a lot in his description of the way he was brought up in a strict church and how he needs freedom from those restraints. He is pastorally sensitive and his conclusion that 'faith is a passionate inner conversation...an internal argument between belief and doubt...but the important thing is to keep the conversation going' is one that resonates with me. However there were times when I was left dissatisfied. Maybe the foundations became too watery; the phrase 'don't throw the baby out with the bath water' comes to mind. I'm not quite sure why he continues to believe in Jesus as such a strong inspiration and why he would choose Christianity over anything else. He must have to recite the Creed in his job but that seems odd considering it appears he doesn't believe in most of it. Perhaps I am still taking the black and white approach so that is my fault not his! My question is really 'Where do you draw the line?' and that must be down to individual integrity if the salient facts cannot be proved.
This book is a refreshing reminder that following Jesus and seeking to help bring God's kingdom to reign on Earth is not about being an orthodox Christian who has all the doctrines sorted out but about loving others with compassion and empathy. Dave Tomlinson is very honest and open about his own faith journey and how he has tried to live as a follower of Jesus, indeed an Anglican priest, without holding closely to all the doctrines of the church. I have been greatly encouraged by reading this book and I believe others will be as well. I also feel all people can get a lot from reading this book, whether they agree with all Dave has to say or not, if they are open minded enough to at least reflect on what Dave has written here.