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What Beliefs Are Fundamental To Christianity?

May 23, 2024 by Larry Jordan

There are more than 45,000 forms of Christianity worldwide, and they disagree on the fundamentals. What beliefs are fundamental to Christianity?

Leaving Church, Maintaining Spiritual Practices

Mar 21, 2024 by Larry Jordan

Many people are leaving church over questions of belief or doctrine. How are people who are leaving church maintaining spiritual practices?

Leaving Church, Finding Community

Mar 15, 2024 by Larry Jordan

Many people are leaving church because of some speculative doctrines, supernatural beliefs, and unkind practices that they found in church. Where are they finding community after leaving church?

Christianity: Creeds, Exclusive Claims and Evangelization

Mar 08, 2024 by Larry Jordan

Christianity uniquely emphasizes creeds, exclusive claims and evangelization, compared to many other religions.

How Do You Know?

Jan 15, 2024 by Larry Jordan

We do not "know" as much as we think that we know, so there are a few questions that I ask myself to clarify the difference between believing something and knowing something.

"I'm Not 'out' with My Doubt."

Jan 08, 2024 by Larry Jordan

Since I wrote a book about asking questions, I'm meeting a lot of people who are asking questions. Many of them tell me, "I'm not 'out' with my doubt."

If Not Christian Theism, Then What?

Jan 01, 2024 by Larry Jordan

Sometimes, readers will ask me, "If you don't believe in a Supreme Being who creates the Universe and manages human affairs, then what do you believe?"

Is Christian Theism Dead?

Dec 14, 2023 by Larry Jordan

Jim Palmer, a friend and mentor who wrote the foreword to my book, recently posted a podcast episode called, "Is Christian Theism Dead?" for the Center for Non-Religious Spirituality.

Everyone is Agnostic

Jul 12, 2023 by Larry Jordan

Everyone is agnostic, but not everyone admits it. Sometimes, we confuse firmly-held beliefs with well-documented facts, but beliefs are not facts.

Practice is Underrated

Jun 24, 2023 by Larry Jordan
Many Christians assume that belief is the most important feature of religion and that belief influences community and practice. In fact, many people who abandon Christian beliefs (which may seem speculative or supernatural to them) also abandon community and practice.

Community is Misplaced

Jun 21, 2023 by Larry Jordan

Many Christians assume that belief is the most important feature of religion, since belief is such an important feature of Christianity. However, in most religions, orthopraxy or right action is more important than orthodoxy or right belief. Community and practice are two aspects of orthopraxy.

Belief is Overrated

Jun 15, 2023 by Larry Jordan

All theology is speculation, and when we realize that there are almost 50,000 Christian denominations and that all of them have changed a lot in 2,000 years, we see how absurd it is to claim that any denomination, no matter how large or how old, contains "Truth with a capital T." 

Belief, Community, and Practice

Jun 02, 2023 by Larry Jordan

In a few weeks, I will be speaking on "Belief, Community, and Practice" at our local Unitarian Universalist church. Since 2000, there has been a precipitous decline in church attendance, aggravated by the pandemic. Today, 60% of American never or seldom attend a religious service.

A Kernel of Truth

May 24, 2023 by Larry Jordan

One of the unexpected joys of writing a book is participating in some interesting conversations surrounding the book -- at author talks, in book clubs, and online. Yesterday, I had an online chat about organized religion with a Facebook friend in Africa who is reading my book.

"Cut Your Life in Half"

May 16, 2023 by Larry Jordan
This week, I participated in a recorded Zoom call with Jim Palmer for members of the Center for Non-Religious Spirituality community. Both of us are talkers, so the conversation ranged far and wide. Somehow, we kept returning to the theme of minimalism, living a natural life in the real world.

Religion and Spirituality

Mar 23, 2023 by Larry Jordan
For purposes of this post, "religion" is a specific set of organized beliefs and practices, usually shared by a community or group, and "spirituality" is more of an individual practice, involving a search for connection, peace, and purpose. (Of course, these definitions are not mutually-exclusive.)
 

Assumptions

Jan 18, 2023 by Larry Jordan
Religion is cultural, and every culture develops a worldview that contains assumptions about the Universe and the individual. In the Western worldview, the focus is on the individual, so God is personal, individuals are persons, and persons have selves and souls and free will.

"Have You Ever Unlearned Anything?"

Aug 05, 2022 by Larry Jordan
In “the Red Book” by Carl Jung, the author asks Ammonius the Anchorite how he can read the Bible many times for many years, without encountering monotony.

The Three Things that God Told Me

Aug 05, 2022 by Larry Jordan
As far as I know, God only ever told me three things in over sixty years of living:
 

The Two Percent and the 98 Percent

Aug 05, 2022 by Larry Jordan
Ten years ago, the Catholic bishops led a campaign called the Fortnight for Freedom, a campaign for “religious liberty.”
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