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Writing theology
« on: April 30, 2018, 12:04:45 am »
I am in the process of writing a personal theology.

Despite my perpetual doubtfulness and uncertainties I am basically happy functioning in high church Anglican or Catholic theologies with the caveat that I interpret them as charitably as possible so as to embrace the religious diversity of the world and diversity in general, and I find the resources to (I hope) do so in a sensible matter.

On the other hand my brain and research is always saying, BUT WHAT IF IT'S ALL "WRONG."  By which I mean, what if orthodox accounts of my religion fall short in various ways.

And so I am writing my own theology -- what the mythos means to me and how it applies to life regardless of its historicity or literal truthfulness which for me are not as important.

I have written quite a bit and the process is coming along.  Some of it has been rattling around in my heart for years anyway.

But some of it is just hard to get down in words I've noticed.  I live a very structured and liturgical prayer and ritual cycle.

And some prayers are repeated every day, and they seem to have a certain sense and meaning to me when I am praying them, and then when I'm not praying and I try to capture it in words I get...nothing!

And I'm thinking, Is that because that feeling I get in these prayer state really doesn't signify anything?  Or perhaps our inner lives may be rich but not always easily translated into words.

I'm not all so bothered by this.  I mean, this is a common thing that comes up in religion -- some things are just mysterious, and there are things like apophatic theology too.

But have you struggled with anything similar in writing a theology or a protomyth -- something seems to make sense in your head that you do ritually or that you believe, and then you realize you don't even have the words for why the hell you're doing or believing that thing?

Is that an asset for you or frustrating or perhaps even unimportant?

My bottom line is that my spiritual life makes my heart shine with joy and fulfillment, so at the end of the day, my theological justifications are secondary.

But it is very interesting the difficulties I run into trying to write out certain parts of it.  And some of it is changing as I write it -- thoughts can be slippery things!
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