Hemant Mehta of The Friendly Atheist contacted me and asked me to make a guest post on his blog. Someone pointed him to my Eight Points and he thought his readers might be interested. Some may stop at the title alone and make judgments. I trust that some will choose to struggle with these questions along with me.
“How can you call yourself a Christian, let alone a minister?!”
I get asked that question frequently and the questioner is hostile more often than not. Still, I like to answer it if I believe the questioner is sincere.
Though I self-identify as a Christian and I am an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I raised eyebrows a few years ago when I posted an article on my website about how my personal beliefs don’t align with those of most Presbyterians.
For example, I believe that:
- religion is a human construct
- the symbols of faith are products of human cultural evolution
- Jesus may have been an historical figure, but most of what we know about him is in the form of legend
- God is a symbol of myth-making and not credible as a supernatural being or force
- The Bible is a human product as opposed to special revelation from a divine being
In short, I regard the symbols of Christianity from a non-supernatural point of view….
- Human consciousness is the result of natural selection, so there’s no afterlife