My soul is broken. I’m not sure how else to describe it. It’s taken me time to recognize this and I’m still discovering how I got here. Today, I am on my way to healing. But I have a long way to go. It is in this time I meditate on the goodness and kindnessContinue reading “Broken Sprit: Dealing with My Anger, Depression, and Bitterness”
After my virtual meltdown on social media in the last few months, I found myself reflecting on whom I’ve become and why I’ve reacted the ways that I have. (See the end of this article for my series of posts). Why did I react the way I did? Could I not have done better? Now,Continue reading “The Heart of a Reluctant Renegade”
*** Warning *** The following blogpost contains opinions that you may not agree with. They may present caricatured versions of the parties involved simply because space will not allow for a detailed nuance. Further, these views expressed here are subjective observations and have not been verified by empirical measures. If you feel like an exceptionContinue reading “The Shift from Fundamentalism to Calvinism: My Subjective Take on the Stereotypical Representations of Calvinism and Fundamentalism and the Combination Thereof”
My last post stirred some pushback from many people across a wide variety of camps. The main reason is that I simplified too much of the fundamentalist and Calvinistic camps without sufficient nuance or disclaimers. I made strawmen caricatures with which everyone disagrees. I apologize for overgeneralizations. I was attempting to write my thoughts on the matter and the conclusions to which I’ve come. But in doing so, I’m afraid I did not do justice to my theological sparring partners.
As I’m sure you picked up on, I’m not a fan of either Calvinism or Fundamentalism. I was thinking about it, and I came to the conclusion that I reject both theologies for the same reason: neither describes God accurately. By the term accurately I mean they do not describe God how the Bible does.Continue reading “Calvinism and Fundamentalism: Why I’m Scared of Both”
Why this post? Well, its not to complain or gloat about the last few months. Its actually to share where I am.
By Nate Labadorf I suppose this post starts with a simple admission: I didn’t intend my original post and my follow up post to cause the stir it did. The original intention of the post was to explain to my average of 20 readers why I have changed political/theological views over the past year. IContinue reading “Rethinking My Christianity: More than just Politics”
By Nate Labadorf I want to say, thank you for your response to my earlier post. I certainly have benefited from the feedback I’ve received. I felt it might be necessary to add a few points that may easy some tensions. First, why do I bring up segregation and racism so much? Do I thinkContinue reading “Rethinking My Christianity: Follow Through”
Some people are probably wondering what happened to me. I used to be a super rightwing guy with a fundamentalist view of Scripture and life. Now, I lean center in my politics and only agree with fundamentalism in that there are narrow doctrinal positions that define Christianity. Why this change? This process has been goingContinue reading “Rethinking My Christianity: Why I’ve Changed in the Last Year”
The so-called soft sciences, such as history or anthropology, have a common issue: the lack of experimental controls. That is, there is no “standard” to compare it too. Unlike empirical sciences, like biology and physics, there is no way to repeat history and only change small variables in the process. This does not mean thatContinue reading “Exegesis: Theology’s Science”