You survived. I give you much credit. I’ve heard that Dallas is a more liberal city than other parts of Texas but Southern Baptist is Southern Baptist. Growing up, y’all were called “scary Christians”. (as opposed to nice liberal Methodist ones). You made it through.
Jimmy Carter style Southern Baptist is fine (although I heard he left the Southern Baptists a while ago over something), and I’ve known some Southern Baptists that were more the centrist (more liberal) than the rural ones.
But then you leave the spectrum of Southern Baptist altogether and moves into Fundy land. Then into Faith Bible Church land. Then into cell churches. Then into Dad Gets Bible, Call Self Pastor, Church is his Family… and things get REALLY weird.
Personally, I can’t handle any Christianity that’s on the Calvinist side of things and yes, I don’t blame you in the least for agnosticism. That’s where I’m at too although mine was more meandering over across a spectrum leading there rather than a flip flop.
Yeah, I’m good with agnostic for now. I could easily end up in Unitarian Universalist again – first discovered them at 17-18 and really liked it and would poke back now and again. But it’s almost *too* good of a fit, so I ended up finding my way to Russian Orthodox for a few years. That was a lot of fun. Deep theology stuff. You want Trinity? I can explain it to you.
Buddhism as an overall philosophy I’m fine with, although I think of it more of a kind of a generic humanism stance, sort of non-specific without the WE HUMANS ALONE CAN DO EVERYTHING aspect [’cause I like at least a *little* woo and mystery in the background].
Still, I don’t blame people for liking the pomp of religions Good for focusing, fun singing together, help each other out in emergencies and stuff.
Same. Yeah, the UU was all intellectual and vague. The vagueness is what I didn’t care for but I liked the intelligence level of the people and the openness. High Episcopal wins in the pomp dept – man they put on a great show.
Historically, if I did Christian stuff, I’d find some Orthodox again. They got the theology right even if I don’t like a lot of their human politics outside of the monasteries.
Buddhism is a religion in most parts of the world, but the western received Buddhism has the religious stripped mostly from it and it’s become a philosophy and even a system of logic. It’s so rich it can survive and retain a lot of what’s good about it.
I liked Quaker too, at least in ideals. I respect the pacifism and love the sitting quietly thing. I only went a few times. Too iconoclastic for me but I like the idea of sitting quietly until inspired.
After my 5 yr Orthodox experiment, I had two years obsessed with this guy OSHO – couldn’t get enough of reading his stuff.