Theological Overload

This place is for the exploration of themes and ideas raised on my Christian Free Thinkers Facebook page and for occasional theological musings.

The Christian Free Thinkers Facebook group is for those who are not so bound by dogma that they will cease being Christians in order to defend their position.

We aim for friendly discussion, lively if necessary, but above all, godly and with the over-arching Christian fellowship that followers of Christ should display. To leave room for discussion, we have adopted adherence to the Apostle’s Creed as a minimum benchmark for membership, rather than the more specific Nicene Creed.

The group is lightly moderated, but anyone calling a fellow member a heretic will be banned without warning. We’ve seen enough of this in other groups and some people will never gain access to this group because of their prior attitudes and behaviour.

We’re open to Open Theists, moderate Calvinists, Catholics, Arminians, Anglicans, Wesleyans, Nazarenes and anyone else who plays by the rules.

On this website we’ll discuss some of the issues raised in the group, other groups of which I’m a member, and some thoughts of my own…


Faith Picker – 30 possibilities

Not so much a faith picker perhaps, but a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to pick a Christian faith from the components currently available within Christian beliefs. Print out and use the check boxes. Enjoy!…


The Pep Talk that Jesus Never Gave…

A Speculation “Gentlemen, tomorrow is the day that we’ve jointly been working towards. You’ve supported me throughout the various trials meted out by both the occupying forces and our own religious leadership, not to mention individuals who seem to have missed the point. But tomorrow I die. If you don’t listen carefully you’ll be confused,…


The Butterfly Effect and Where Open Theism Fails

Many are aware of the Butterfly Effect: a tornado (exact time of formation, exact path taken) being influenced by minor perturbations such as the flapping of the wings of a distant butterfly several weeks earlier. First formulated (or at least named) when searching weather patterns by Edward Lorenz, it shows causal determinism to be true….


The meaning of Original Sin

When it comes to Adam and his wrongdoings there are three main views of God’s position: God planned and indeed decreed that Adam should sin. God knew Adam would sin before he created him, but created him anyway. God’s hopes for humanity were dashed in a single, if allegorical act. I’m firmly in Camp 3,…


The Bread of Life (Sermon Extract)

The following is an excerpt from a sermon I gave on Sunday 16th August 2015: St. John, Chapter 6, verses 51 – 58 Like all Anglicans, indeed, all Christians, I occasionally visit other churches, perhaps other denominations. In one particular church they held the Lord’s Supper, what we call Communion or the Eucharist in the Church…


Why Church?

It’s inevitable that somewhere along our Christian walk there will come a dissenter, naysayer or, on a good day, a genuine seeker. We learn to deal with these people with a half smile, or direct engagement, or hopefully, with the guidance of the Spirit. One of the common arguments I’ve heard is “Why do I…


Trinity

It was one of those nights when sleep doesn’t come easily, and I was searching for a way to explain the Trinity, following a post on Christian Free Thinkers asking the same question. Trinitarian Christians believe that although God is one, he subsists in three persons, hence the Trinity. At the First Council of Nicaea…


Sin and Redemption

This is just a very brief article to answer a question I see often on Calvinist boards: If Man isn’t born sinful then why is he in need of redemption?   First of all, we have to understand that Calvinists, Wesleyans… pretty much everyone in the main theological camps believes that Man somehow suffers from the…


Baptism

Baptism divides the Christian Church, and a good online friend of mine, Tom Torbeyns, has been quizzing me about the  Anglican understanding. So here goes: The first thing to acknowledge is that the Anglican Church is both catholic and reformed in nature, which actually provides two views of what baptism means. I’ll concentrate on infant…


The Order of Salvation

Broadly speaking, Christians believe that we are, as a race, separated from God and in need of restoration. We sin, and sin is offensive to God and outside of his intentions for us. Because of our separation, God suffers, we suffer and the world is in a state of corruption, and because it is outside…


Original Sin

The question of Original Sin has dogged thinking Christians for the last 600 years, from what seemed a straightforward, if misunderstood, Catholic doctrine of the corruption of Mankind, to the view that Original Sin is a construct designed to enable the Church to exert power and control over the masses by holding Mankind to ransom…


Foreknowledge and the Handcuffs of God

Note: This is an intellectual exercise, designed to present a view I no longer hold. A further article here will explain the contrary view. There are four fundamental positions in theology about the foreknowledge of God. They are: God knows the future because he decrees everything that takes place (Reformed Calvinism) God knows the future and…


Where is God?

Group member Wayne Scott recently asked fellow member Chris Fisher about his views on the omnipresence of God, which sparked an interesting discussion. For centuries Christians have taken for granted that God is Omniscient (all knowing), Omnipotent (all powerful) and Omnipresent (present everywhere). The first two attributes are universally accepted by all but process theists;…


What is Open Theism

Open theism is a different way of looking at the nature of reality and God’s interaction with Mankind. For an alternative view, please see http://theologicaloverload.com/the-butterfly-effect-and-where-open-theism-fails/ Traditionally, God has been seen, since the fifth century at least, as existing outside of time. This is not the case in Open Theism (OT): In OT the future is…


Exploration

The last couple of years have been theologically challenging in many ways other than concerning the faith itself, which remains rock steady. I’ve recently described myself as a sacramental, paedobaptist, Catholic-leaning,  Orthodox Anglican, which is just about normal for an Anglican walking the via media….