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“Residing the Questions” and Studying to Reside with Uncomfortable Solutions


I just like the phrase “residing the questions.” I exploit it at times, and so do plenty of different individuals. There’s even a e book on the market that’s bought the phrase within the title.

I just like the phrase as a result of it encourages a “journey” mentality of non secular progress slightly than a “fortress” mentality.

Some may suppose that seeing the Christian life as a journey is simply an excuse for a wishy-washy religion slightly than doing what Christians must be doing: holding to “absolute fact.”

I disagree.

I believe the metaphor displays the wholesome and inescapable realization that we’re really sure of far lower than we expect we’re; that we stroll by religion (trusting God), not by sight (being sure).

We’re all on a journey of some kind, whether or not we understand it or not, and “residing the questions” may help unmask false certainties. Many are on the lookout for communities of religion the place they’ll discover others who worth residing the questions, too, and received’t decide one another for doing so.

In my world, a minimum of, the questions I hear concern the Bible: what’s it and what do I do with it? They need to really feel secure and be valued for eager to interrogate the Bible that was packaged for them of their upbringing.

Older solutions now not have explanatory energy for the world they dwell in, and the place to start to work it out is to ask plenty of questions in a group of fellow journeyers and never really feel the strain of coming up with the “proper” reply to make others blissful.

Like I stated, I’m down with all that, however there’s one other aspect to this.

These journeys can’t be rushed and we must always not consider God as standing over our shoulders impatiently ready for us to get our act collectively.

That being stated, being keen to ask questions can even, eventually, wind up yielding some solutions—even when solely tentative and embryonic.

“Residing the questions” generally is a huge step to take. However shifting alongside on the journey additionally entails working by way of some solutions and the implications of these solutions.

It takes some braveness to dwell the questions. It takes a bit extra to dwell a few of the solutions.

…solutions you by no means anticipated, solutions that in your former mindset you “knew” have been flawed, solutions that may shock others in the event that they knew.

I do know readers could be inspired by listening to tales of others who’ve skilled a transition like this. Please be happy to publish your ideas.

***The unique model of this publish appeared in February 2013. Since then I wrote The Sin of Certainty: Why God Needs our Belief Extra Than Our “Appropriate” Beliefs (HarperOne 2016), the place I discover how holding on to certainty in our religion with a clenched fist impedes the journey of religion.***

[Note: If you think the idea of journeying, living the questions, or arriving at risky answers is wrong, stupid, self-absorbed, unorthodox, etc., you too should feel free to let us all know—once. More than once is just badgering, and no one likes badgering. And please remember: I moderate comments and it may take me a few hours or more to get to them.]

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