Belief-less Christianity

John Shuck, a Presbyterian minister,  thinks that is perfectly reasonable to not believe in jesus_facepalmGod and remain in ministry.  (H/T Real Clear Religion)

How can you call yourself a Christian, let alone a minister?!”

I get asked that question frequently and the questioner is hostile more often than not. Still, I like to answer it if I believe the questioner is sincere.

Though I self-identify as a Christian and I am an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I raised eyebrows a few years ago when I posted an article on my website about how my personal beliefs don’t align with those of most Presbyterians.

For example, I believe that:

  • Religion is a human construct
  • The symbols of faith are products of human cultural evolution
  • Jesus may have been an historical figure, but most of what we know about him is in the form of legend
  • God is a symbol of myth-making and not credible as a supernatural being or force
  • The Bible is a human product as opposed to special revelation from a divine being
  • Human consciousness is the result of natural selection, so there’s no afterlife

In short, I regard the symbols of Christianity from a non-supernatural point of view.

And yet, even though I hold those beliefs, I am still a proud minister. But I don’t appreciate being told that I’m not truly a Christian. Read more…

He thinks that Christianity is a culture, and not a belief system. We are people of the enlightenment–not the dark ages.  Twenty-first century culture, dontcha know, transcends 2000 years of Christian witness. And scholarship.

Well I certainly agree that Christianity is not a mere belief system. To be a Christian is to profess Jesus as Lord and Him crucified. It is to know that Jesus is Truth incarnate.

I really can’t understand his reasoning. I mean why bother. If you truly believe that God is just a symbol (what does that even mean), and that the Jesus presented in the Gospels is just a legend why remain in ministry?  You don’t have to belong to a church to be involved in social justice issues.  You can sleep in on Sunday morning!

I guess he wants the trappings and rituals, without the cross.

Related: This UCC minister says he believes in God–but not really.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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