Yes, the title is a Hobbit reference. No, this blog does not have much of anything to do with Middle Earth. I just found it fitting, and enjoy movie references (especially references that have anything to do with Middle Earth).
I am at the beginning of a somewhat unexpected journey, and I wanted to give a bit of background to it in my first post. I’ve been Christian as long as I can remember; I grew up in church (and in the Bible belt), and everyone in my family is Christian. My faith has gone unchallenged for most of my life.
That changed quite dramatically in college when I met my current best friend, who just happens to be agnostic. He and I have spent a good deal of time discussing/debating essentially anything that remotely involves religion, including theology, contradictions in the Bible, the creation of the universe, whether science contradicts the Bible, the historicity of the Bible – you name it, we’ve probably at least touched on the subject.
I’ve realized, however, that in most of these conversations I tend to go in with an agenda. My friend is remarkably gifted in finding inconsistencies in anything, and my reaction to these findings has often been to jump to a defense, rather than just looking at the information. Defending your faith is not a bad thing, but I don’t want to do so at the expense of truth.
So I’ve decided that I want to take an objective (at least as much as possible) look at everything my friend and I have discussed and just see what it says. I want to learn as much as I can about anything I can. I want to seek truth. And I want to share what I learn. As a Christian, I have believed all of my life that the Bible holds that truth. If that is the case, then no amount of questioning will be able to discredit that. If that is not the case, as scary as that is for me, I would like to know.
I no longer want to be defensive of my own beliefs at the expense of truth. As Augustine said, “The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.”
That being said, I am extremely open to suggestions and comments. If anyone has any books, videos, movies, anything that may be helpful or interesting, I would love to know. Or even topics to research, there are an infinite number of things to learn.