Saturday, January 07, 2006

What next? Coming to terms with disbelief

Roasted Tomatoes has been hosting a great series at LDSLF entitled "What next?"

RT has solicited essays from various people describing their crises of faith and how they dealt with the aftermath. He has been kind enough to post my essay here. (D-Train has posted a thoughtful response to my essay here.)

Be sure to also check out RT's and Ann's installments in the series. I am looking forward to future posts, including Hellmut's (which I have already had a sneak peak at).

Kudos to RT for providing space for a discussion that we rarely have, even in the bloggernacle.

11 comments:

Hellmut said...

It's a gutsy move by Roasted Tomatoes and Serenity Valley, especially when one remembers the treatment of the Sunstone symposia.

Ann said...

I've had a look at two more, by Square Peg and Randy. Good stuff coming!

Arthur said...

I just wanted to say that as a former Mormon I have found your blog very entertaining and I enjoy your insights on Mormon culture. I read your account of your own decent from the mainstream Mormon thought and found it fascinating. I never did go on my mission, I was never that indoctrinated, thankfully. It got me to thinking I should document my descent from the Mormon church some time soon on my own blog that deals with my recovery from Mormonism.

Hellmut said...

Pardon my ignorance. Where do Square Peg and Randy post regularly, please?

Stephen said...

Arthur, just read your recent post When I smoke marijuana I tend to have very deep and personal spiritual experiences. and it made me think of peyote sacraments.

Ann said...

Hellmut, you have read things by both Square Peg and Randy before, but they post under different names and I will leave it to them to reveal their secret identities - or not!

Arthur said...

Stephen, Same basic consept.

Stephen said...

btw, Ned, on Books of the Dead, you need to read:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/dteleki/497.html#cutid1

on dictionaries, meaning and translations. It is about summarian, but it goes for Egyptian texts as well.

annegb said...

I enjoyed reading all these posts. I don't have a crisis of faith. I get mad at people and fight all over the place, but here I am still slogging it out.

I agree with Ned, I don't think God wants us to hate ourselves. And I think He's funny and he likes us to laugh. That phony piety just makes me nauseous.

I don't have an opinion one way or another on peoples' choices to leave the church. It just doesn't matter to me. It's like if they like broccoli or not.

NFlanders said...

Thanks for the link, Stephen. I agree that there is a lot we don't know and I admittedly cannot read heiroglyphics. Or English if it is on Clark's or Jeffrey Gilliam's blog.

That being said, from what I understand there are big, big problems with Abraham's facsimiles. Though I probably have the time, I most certainly do not have the mental capacity (I'm no Ronan or Ben S.) to learn heiroglyphics. I have to rely on the expertise of others. It is certainly possible that the field of modern Egyptology has completely misunderstood heiroglyphics and the translation thereof. However, I don't believe the odds are great.

Perhaps if I didn't have any other doubts, this wouldn't bother me so much. However, it was the bundle of straw that broke the camel's back.

By the way, I thought you would be interested to know that our very own Ronan (of the Bloggernacle Times) can read cuneiform. Bloody amazing.

NFlanders said...

"I don't have an opinion one way or another on peoples' choices to leave the church. It just doesn't matter to me. It's like if they like broccoli or not."

Thank you for this, annegb. You have an incredible way of cutting to the point.