The writer has told us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”
There is “a time to be born and a time to die…”
This blog was born out of a single conversation that started many years ago (remember Burk?) between a Christian and an atheist. And while it widened a bit, it never seemed to get much beyond two people, inhabiting different narratives, trying to have a conversation. Often, we talked past each other, but maybe a few times we understood the other, even if we still disagreed. I hope so anyway. Two people talking and trying to understand the other is always a good thing. For that aspect alone, this blog and this journey have been well worth it. And while I hope that conversation has made both myself and Burk better people, more informed about the other, and more humble people, I think that conversation, in the form of this blog, needs to come to an end.
I know there are many Christians out there who sense there is something deficient, something hollow, in fundamentalism/evangelicalism, and I want them to know there is a way out–there is another path. I know there is because I was once one of them.
Relatedly, the rise of Trump and his followers, especially those who claim to be Christians, presents a far greater danger than any atheist ever could to the Gospel and the Judeo-Christian narrative. It has certainly awakened me from my dogmatic slumbers. The fact 81% of white evangelicals voted for Trump is…astounding…to say the least. Both these issues are intertwined then. It is here where my energies and time are now best focused.
To that end, I have started a new blog called Divergence.
I have also been submitting essays/posts to Patheos, which is, according to Wikipedia anyway, “…the largest English language religion and spirituality site in the world.” Here is one of my submissions that, so far, has been shared on social media over 160,000 times, and has over 250,000 views. I have had several others published as well.
This doesn’t mean my friendship or dialogue with Burk is ending. I will always consider him a friend. And, as I check in on his blog every now and again, I will chime in when I feel it pertinent. Likewise, while Burk or other atheists/agnostics/secularists are not the intended audience, obviously anyone is welcome to peruse or follow my new blog.
I will always consider Bernard, JP, and RonH to be friends as well. To each, thank you very much. I have enjoyed richly and immensely the conversations over the years and feel (and hope) I am a better person for it.
Thank you everyone, all the best, and cheers.