This meme is doubly derivative, but oh well. I thought it could be an interesting exercise. So here are some of my confessions:
I confess that sometimes, reading theology makes my eyes glaze over. Much of the time I would much rather read science fiction, fantasy, or nonfiction focusing on physical science or history.
I confess that J.R.R. Tolkien has influenced my theology far more than Barth or Tillich or a number of other famous theologians.
I confess that my study of other religions, experientially and academically, has influenced my theology as much as Tolkien.
I confess that I haven’t talked about what Presbytery I am a member of because I am afraid that someone will try to sabotage me as I try to move to candidacy, or in some other way that I haven’t predicted. On a related note, I confess that having to think that way disgusts me thoroughly, but not so much that I’ll stop.
I confess that my best prayers are desperate prayers, my best poems are self-obsessed love-sick poems, and all of my best moments in life have been full of fear.
I confess that if offered the chance to write and design games for a living, ministry would get a run for its money.
I confess that I’m pretty much an ethical universalist.
I confess that sometimes I look at Christianity like an atheist, and I have to be reminded of faith and brought back to God somehow.
I confess that I don’t really understand why God keeps doing that, and I confess that I’m not sure that it is God who is doing these things, but I assume that it is because it is the best answer I have.
I confess that I think of my capacity for ambiguity and contradiction as a huge advantage in my life, and that like Emerson I avoid the “hobgoblins of petty consistency”, and that like Whitman, I affirm that “I am large…I contain multitudes”. I think of this as a good thing and hope I am right.
I confess that of faith, hope and love, I think that I have a natural ability to live out…none of the above. So, if you do detect any of the above, it probably isn’t attributable to me.
I confess that I am also a pluralist.
I confess that deep down, I don’t think any of you are certain either.
Well, we’ll see how that goes. A nice self-revelatory post to liven things up. I wonder if I’ll pay for it.