The Heart of Christianity

Shae’s comments on Brian’s A Generous Orthodoxy about orthodoxy and orthopraxy reminded me of what I read in Marcus Borg’s The Heart of Christianity about the meaning of faith.  If I can put it simply … he said that christianity is as much (or more so) about the way of Christ as it is about intellectually affirming certain beliefs about Christ.  It is more about practice than belief.  It is more about where we place our heart than about what we think in our mind (though, hear me and Borg clearly … our mind matters, our thoughts and understanding matters … we just need to be careful that our thoughts are not separate from our heart and our actions.)

Too many people are too concerned with what we believe … do we believe homosexuality is a sin, for instance … than in how we live and act and have our being.  My faith is not about affirming one set of doctrines over another, but in trying my best to conform my life and my ways to the way and life of Christ.  And by understanding the truth of all of the many strands of Christianity, we get the benefit of all of those perspectives on the one Christ.

Shae, I’m in the final chapters of A Generous Orthodoxy … and I have to say that it’s great to hear all the different nuances of faith that have a real impact on how we live ours. 

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