I just read the ‘deconversion‘ ( a good term) testimony of Gordon, (a neighbour of mine it appears, who I never met), from Christianity to Atheism. I vaguely remember that about two or three years ago, when I was searching for churches in Livingston, I come across his blog and he seemed very evangelical. I myself was not in that vein so I did not really pay much attention to his rambling about ‘spirit feel church’.
To my surprise though when I come across his blog today (I was looking for the forecast in Livingston for Sunday, as we plan a big bbq for some friends from Romania in Almondell Park, and he has the domain http://livingston.org.uk where the forecast of Livingston can be found) I noticed that he supports the Come Out campaign, and Richard Dawkins foundation! That was a shock to my system! But then conversions are sometimes dramatic experiences which happen very quickly.
My conversion though was not dramatic, even though I did have a few ‘exciting’ experiences on the road. But I know that with maturity these experiences are reinterpreted.
What makes me note this experience of Gordon, is that it appears to me that Gordon has converted to another form of ‘faith’, which if is not taken with a ‘pinch of salt’ is going to lead him to further disappointment, faith in progress.
I concur with him that a faith which is not congruent with our rational capacity is a somewhat ‘defective’ faith. But in the same vain a perspective that seeks to believe that every thing is cut and dry, where there is no room for mystery, might also disappoint.
I think I could somewhat identify myself with some of the gates Gordon crossed, and I do value all the experience I gained from my journey.
I did suggest to Gordon to have a look at James’ blog. I find my friend James very inspiring (well he was always inspirational to me, even when in the past we used to disagree) and somewhat on the same Christian trajectory as myself.