Christianity’s coats of many colours « Floating Life

12 Aug

I’m blogging myself because some recent Floating Life readers may wish to gain some clue about what I believe, for what it’s worth. That post is not a bad starting point, and happens also to relate to the previous post today, as you will see. It also has a somewhat mad, maddening, but interesting, comment thread — closed now as here I do close them after around two weeks. It also happens that the Biblical passage I refer to at the beginning of that post was last Sunday’s reading at South Sydney Uniting Church.

Years ago a then very famous UK educationist told us assembled English teachers that tentativeness is a sign of intelligence. I think that was news to me in 1975; I have always treasured it, if not always practised it. 😉


Posted by on August 12, 2008 in blogging, faith and philosophy, personal


13 responses to “Christianity’s coats of many colours « Floating Life

  1. Jacqueline

    August 12, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    There is a time for tentativeness and there’s a time to dive in with gusto. 🙂

  2. Neil

    August 12, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    No doubt, if you will pardon the slight irony there… 😉

    I was referring rather to being tentative about what we can actually know…

  3. Davo

    August 12, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    There are several premises. What we see, what we are taught, and what we think we know.

  4. Neil

    August 12, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Nice to see you back, Davo.

  5. Davo

    August 13, 2008 at 3:22 am

    Only temporarily Neil .. and can I have my little three legged bird with odd things sprouting from its head?

  6. Davo

    August 13, 2008 at 3:28 am

    [have paid fer twelve hours of internet access, so might a well make use of them. Some will dispute the value of what am doing now .. buuut ..]

  7. Davo

    August 13, 2008 at 3:33 am

    Oh, by the way, of all the “churches” that have come across .. the premise behind the “Uniting” one seems quite reasonable.

  8. Davo

    August 13, 2008 at 3:37 am

    .. and a little closer to what the original “foundation” member was on about .. heh.

  9. Neil

    August 13, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Imperfect, like them all, Davo, but yeah, there is much I like about the UCA.

  10. DavidG.

    August 13, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    “…tentativeness is a sign of intelligence.”

    Yet believers never seem tentative where their religion is concerned. Is there not a contradiction here?


  11. Neil

    August 13, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Yet believers never seem tentative…

    Rephrase: Many believers seem rather less than tentative… Then I would agree. Which is the point of the post really.

  12. Davo

    August 16, 2008 at 3:16 am

    [Yet believers never seem tentative…]

    Believers are never tentative. That is the point.

    Nobody would fight a war if we had to sit down and discuss the intricacies over a cuppa tea.

  13. Neil

    August 16, 2008 at 8:53 am

    To quote Hymn 691 as sung last Sunday at South Sydney Uniting Church:

    Faith will not grow from words alone,
    from proofs provided, scripture known;
    our faith must feel its way about,
    and live with question marks and doubt.

    That is the kind of tentativeness believers truly need to learn to live with, if they are not to be a threat to themselves and others…

    I’m certain of that. 😉

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