Sometimes a person can hold a form of Christian faith that is not only considered orthodox, but that seems to rule out any alternative mode of Christian belief, as if contemporary worldviews never entered into the expression of Christian faith, transforming it in every generation. One equates one’s own contemporaneity with the whole of Christian history. Differences can be accounted for by granting that there have always been heretics, just as there are today, but of course this is only in accordance with scripture. Tares grow with the wheat, and there will always be unbelievers in order that the true believers may shine forth. What would happen if such a person began a study of Christian history? At first there might be no problem, given the ability to read all stories as reflections or repetitions of one’s own. But if the study continued, gradually the reality of history’s tales would impose itself, entering the crack of newness presented in every moment. Realization would follow that the Christian faith has taken many diverse forms. No single mode of faith – not even one’s own – has been held unchangingly for two thousand years. Further, with eyes to see it, one could discover the sorrow of much evil in Christian history, often justified in the name of “right belief”.
-Marjorie Suchocki, God-Christ-Church: A Practical Guide to Process Theology