A Heretic’s Guide to Eternity – Conclusion
So there you have it, the good, the bad and the ugly. A Heretic’s Guide to Eternity is not the final word on any of the topics it covers, it’s not that kind of book. However, it is an authentic, hopeful exploration of one possible path to faithful living, of ‚Äúbeing faithful‚Äù in the world. […]
So there you have it, the good, the bad and the ugly. A Heretic’s Guide to Eternity is not the final word on any of the topics it covers, it’s not that kind of book. However, it is an authentic, hopeful exploration of one possible path to faithful living, of ‚Äúbeing faithful‚Äù in the world. The limitations in the arguments and oversimplifications in the examples. Those weaknesses, are in some ways integral to the logic of the book, they make it seem more personal. I suspect anyone who can‚Äôt sense that and live with it, won‚Äôt enjoy reading A Heretic‚Äôs Guide to Eternity.
The church today is broken; in so many ways it carries on with structures and practices that are almost impossible to justify. So much of the discourse of Christianity is zombie-like – dead ideas and dead debates that we just keep bringing back to life because hearing them in some weird way comforts us. Anyone who wants to be genuinely missional, genueinely faithful faces some tough decisions about this broken zombie-like state of affairs.
I’m all for dispensing with the illusions of Christianity and for jettisoning the broken structures. But, I thikn A Heretic‚Äôs Guide to Eternity goes further than I‚Äôm prepared to go. There‚Äôs something for me about church-ness that is not just an idea, or abstraction, but is a still a reality, hope and calling. I still believe that something church-like is part of God‚Äôs providential plan for the world.
Mainstream programatic religion is a poor fit for more and more people (despite being a great fit for many in that most postmodern of movements, the megachurch) who want to authentically grow in their faith. A Heretic‚Äôs Guide to Eternity is worth reading if for no other reason than its encouragement to place Jesus at the core of one‚Äôs spiritual journey despite feeling like an outsider. If it goes to far, we can at least be thankful that it shows us how far we can go; and we can go a long, long way towards a looser and more fluid sense of faith and spirituality.
[tags] Spencer Burke, Heretic, Spirituality, A Heretic’s Guide To Eternity [/tags]