Recently I wrote a post on Overturning Tables by R.L. Stollar on my journey from fundamentalism to universalism. Stollar as you know all is cofounder and coordinator for Homeschoolers Anonymous, and is a stinkin awesome writer himself.
A couple days ago here on Wide Open Ground, I talked about the problem I have with progress and this problem of grounding ourselves in a historical narrative and how this creates a tension between cultures and religions. In this guest post, I discuss how this might look differently in our faith journeys.
I was a conservative fundamentalist.
And a Calvinist. And a determinist.
I believed God preordained everything in our lives by this concept of middle knowledge — this idea that God knew what Adam and Eve would do in a certain environment (say, if he put Satan in the Garden at a certain time of day). Thus by creating that environment, he was ordaining them to fall from the Garden of Eden.
I believed God wanted us to fall, so he could save us. Or save a few people. And send the rest to hell.
Yea, that. I believed that.
And so it surprises people to learn that I changed my mind big time. I’m a universalist.
It started out when I took a journey into another culture while in SE Asia
When you get to the end, don’t say I have my act together. I spent 20 something years faking things. Now I’m just diagnosing problems, not necessarily mastering solutions.