19-Jan-2009: This has not been updated for a while, so if you're reading this in 2009, please be patient and kind!
According to Belief-o-matic, I'm a liberal, mainline Protestant Christian with strong leanings toward Liberal and/or Orthodox Quakerism and Reform Judaism. From what I understand of Quakers and Reform Judaism, Belief-o-matic is not far off at all!
Some books I'm reading now:
* Religious Literacy - What Every American Needs to Know --- and Doesn't, Stephen Prothero.
* The World's Religions, Huston Smith.
* The Mormon Conspiracy, Charles L. Wood.
* The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, Sam Harris.
* Christianity's Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution --- A history from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first, Alister McGrath.
* The Story of Christianity: The Early Church to the Present Day, Justo L. Gonzalez.
A description of my spirituality:
(Please don't hesitate to ask me questions; I like polishing my statement!)
I’m a liberal, mainline Protestant Christian. I attend
church fairly regularly at an ELCA Lutheran church. I don’t evangelize or
proselytize, and generally, perhaps unfortunately, take offense at other Christians trying to “show me the way.”
(I don't think the idea of One Church is going to happen in anyone's lifetime. Yet, I do appreciate and support the World Council of Churches.) I am also not interested in converting folks of other faiths or who do not believe
in God to Christianity. Rather, I do what I feel is right as stems from my experience, education and faith, regardless of the
beliefs of those in my company, and with no strings attached. I welcome Ecumenical dialog (provided the proselytizing is not present), but my real interest, perhaps even calling, is to Interfaith dialog. I have had some
remarkable, deep personal experiences with Jews and Muslims, and I do not
think/feel that God (or even Jesus) wants all of us to be Christian. I feel my faith is quite strong, and that is part of the reason I am
so comfortable with and generally welcomed by such a variety of other people. The beauty and often times
the precision in the natural world as well as the bonds that people may feel
with animals (especially dogs and cats) are also in some way a part of my spirituality.