Welcome to Memory, Meaning & Faith! You will notice from Who We Are, Why We're Here and What We Believe that we want to have a faith-building historical and theological dialogue that is Bible-based, Christian, and Adventist. Now I want to speak from my heart about what motivates me to want this dialogue.
My study of the early Christian church has taught me (at least) two things:
- Protecting yourself against the possibility of being wrong sets you up to go farther and farther wrong, all the while claiming to be right.
- Even people that are right sometimes make wrong choices with bad results and, conversely, even people that are wrong sometimes make right choices with good results.
I do not suggest by the second that there is no moral imperative to do right, but rather, that I can learn from the mistakes and successes of all people in history by standing on their shoulders and choosing to emulate that which is right and true. This, of course, means that I must critique all people and movements in history in both thought and action. The first thing I learned, however, means that I must also be willing to critique myself and my own movement and be critiqued by what I have found right and true in history.
This calls for an attitude of humility—neither arrogance nor sheepishness, neither vindictiveness nor quiescence, neither defensiveness nor an attitude of aggression. I believe in acting with confidence while standing ready to be corrected, in teaching with authority while remaining teachable, in listening and not just speaking, in critiquing all thoughts and actions while respecting all people and leaving the judgment to God. I also believe that truth can stand being inspected and must be in order to be passed on. This is the attitude I intend to have permeate the discussions on this blog. You are welcome to join in.
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