I’m not really impressed when I read ‘deeply honest’ blog posts about people ‘wrestling’ with ‘tough issues.’ Maybe I’m just a cynical jerk, but most ‘crisis of faith’ posts, whether autobiographical or otherwise, just don’t make me care. I’ve tried, I really have. I’ve read a lot of different accounts of how people either left the faith or came to the faith. All of them are ‘honest’. I still just don’t care. People I know in person are a bit different, so maybe it’s just the medium.
Although I am somewhat cynical. When it comes to things like ‘wrestling’, I generally translate that as, asking dumb questions but trying to sound profound – almost without fail, whoever is doing the wrestling ends up making a mountain out of a molehill, or a grand crisis of faith where there isn’t one, and it ends up being lame. Maybe I’m just not very existential.
I don’t recall ever having to wrestle with anything in particular in my personal faith, not science, biblical literalism or any of that kind of thing. I find that most of these issues work themselves out, given enough time. People tend to try and make everything into a crisis of faith, so that it can be wrestled with, dialogued about, a conversation had – let’s talk about it, preferably with people of diverse viewpoints, so that we can be challenged, even if we don’t agree. Whatever it is, dialogue must be had. Then again, I’m pretty laid back. Most things that seem to be the cause of wrestling in others make me just go, ‘huh, interesting. I’ll think about that. Whatevs.’
But, once more, maybe I’m just a cynical, snarky dude who likes to rant a bit every now and then