The ancient theologian Origen likened the theological mind of the Christian to a tent. He said that our theological views are not like houses that are stable and immovable. Instead, he said that our theological understandings are more like tents that can be reshaped and moved around as one journeys along.
Biblical scholars point out that the original meaning of "repentance" is to change one's mind. The Greek word behind "repentance" is metanoia, which is compounded from the words meta, which means "beyond," and nous, which means "mind." To repent is to literally go beyond the mind you currently have.It is to turn around and see things differently.
I have gone through a good deal of repentance, in more ways than one, but as I unpacked my books I couldn't help but think about the acts of theological repentance I have gone through. I see many things differently now, and I assume in the future my tent will be moved to other places as well.
I decided that I wanted to devote some time to thinking through my moments of theological repentance, and that it would be helpful for me to write some of this out. So, I am going to do a series of blog posts on some of the big issues and topics I have struggled the most with and try to articulate the central factors that led to my repentance. At some point I will probably expand these little posts into a series of messages or perhaps even a book. My goal here is not primarily to provide an intellectual defense of what I think, although there will be some of that. Instead, these posts will be more autobiographical and will touch more on personal motivations than intellectual justifications.
The topics I will cover will include doubt, Jesus, non-Christian religions, heaven and hell, women in ministry, marriage and sexuality, the moral status of animals, and the authority of the Bible. I may think of others along the way, and my aim is to do one a week. I hope you find them helpful to read. I know I always benefit from people who are transparent about what has influenced and formed the ways they see life, and so hopefully this might be of some benefit to you as you wonder around in your tent.