Hello everyone, I’ve actually been reading posts on this forum for a few years now, but have yet to post anything myself. This post is probably a horrible way to introduce myself, but here it goes.
I consider myself a very skeptical Christian, and if I still attended church, would probably be labeled a heretic. I am a sociology student, a liberal feminist, and lean pretty far left politically, but I also consider myself a follower of Christ. While I’ve been in college, I’ve seriously questioned many aspects of my faith. I came to fully accept EU around my sophomore year, and I attribute much of the information that convinced me to this website. I also read the Bible all the way through, cover to cover that previous summer. Although it was very painful at first, it turned out to be rewarding. The last two years or so I got really enthralled in my studies, and I stopped reading Theology and the Bible for quite some time. I will be graduating in a few weeks, and my skepticism has hit me full force. The timing of my current skepticism is not good. It all started when an interview of Bart Ehrman on NPR’s *Fresh Air *caught my attention. In this interview, he definitely had a lot of interesting things to say that I agreed with, but he also talked about his newest book How Jesus Became God. As a sociology major, this fascinated me. However, it made me question who Jesus was and the accuracy of the Bible itself. I am especially concerned with Ehrman’s concept of Christology. This interview can be found here: npr.org/2014/04/07/300246095 … become-one
I am no history buff, so naturally, I have not investigated Biblical history too much. But I have some serious questions that need answers. Nothing I’ve found so far has answered them to my satisfaction. I either get fundamentalist Christian writers who already presume the Bible is true and don’t take into account the social construction of choosing what went into the Bible, the controversy over shared mythology religions, etc, or biased secular scholars who ignore contextual evidence or try to use socially constructed disciplines, such as history, to supposedly disprove spiritual claims.
I honestly don’t know what’s true anymore. On the one hand, I don’t want to give up my faith and discount all of the great experiences I’ve had with it because of these questions. On the other hand, I highly respect academic scholars, even if I disagree with their premise. Who am I to say if the scriptures are authoritative or accurate? Maybe I’m just going crazy because I’m about to graduate and then go straight into 5 years of graduate school. Sociology is a very secular discipline, and although I think it has enhanced my faith, the mindset it has given me and the people I will be surrounded with will likely cause me to ask even more difficult questions as time goes on. If anyone knows of any good sources, books, etc or has their own explanations on the authority of scripture, Biblical history, or the role scripture should take in faith, that would be great. I don’t have a lot of time right now to sift through sources, and since this forum is full of very intelligent people that will not judge me for my questions, I figured this should be one place to look for answers.
Thanks for considering my questions,