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Theology isn’t the free search for truth, but rather a defense of an already held position.

No rabbi will come to the conclusion that the Hopi are God’s Chosen People. No pastor comes to the realization that Krishna rather than Jesus, is Christ. No official Catholic theologian discovers the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva rather than the Christian Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. No imam recognizes Bahá’u’lláh as a Prophet of Allah.

Why?

Because theology is really apologetics explaining why a belief is true rather than seeking out the truth in and of itself. All theological reasoning is circular, inevitably “proving” the truth of its own presupposition. My Master of Divinity degree was designed to equip me to vigorously propagate and defend an already determined theological proposition.

It’s unfortunate that religion makes a free and responsible search for truth and meaning nearly impossible. We could be reaping the benefit from our collective religious and spiritual experiences, traditions, teachings and stories rather than arguing and killing each other over them.

The true religious and spiritual leader will skillfully promote what is good, beautiful, peaceful and harmonizing about their tradition, while having the courage to confront and refuse those parts that kindle or provoke division, discord, hate, fear, oppression, injustice, power, superiority, and greed. Jesus did this. He affirmed what he saw as good in his Jewish tradition, and he also lambasted what he saw as religious and spiritual abuse.

There is a story of a six blind men, who had never come across an elephant before. They are given the opportunity to learn and conceptualize what the elephant is like by touching it. Each blind man feels a different part of the elephant body, but only one part, such as the ears, trunk, side or tusk. Based upon the part of the elephant they touched, they each concluded the elephant was something different – a pillar, rope, tree branch, hand fan, huge wall, solid pipe.

The descriptions of the elephant based on their partial experience were in complete disagreement on what an elephant is. These differences created suspicion and hostility among the blind men. It erupted into a brawl about their different ideas about what an elephant is. The moral of the parable is that humans have a tendency to cling to and project their partial experiences as the whole truth. We dismiss or make wrong other people’s experiences, and become divided against one another. We fight and wound one another.

The truth is bigger than any one meaning system – whether it be religion, spirituality, philosophy or science. It is within our power to fully embrace and follow our meaning system without creating division, destruction, hostility, or hatred. Within every meaning system we can find a rationale for love, solidarity, harmony, compassion, justice and the responsible search for truth. If you can’t find it in yours. you need a different one.

That theology is primarily an apologetic for an already established belief system, doesn’t make theology wrong. You just have to recognize what it is and what it isn’t. We have all heard the phrase “consider the source”. Source evaluation is the process of critically evaluating information in relation to its given bias or purpose.

Khalil Gibran wrote, “I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.”

Jim Palmer

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One: Sometimes you need someone to show you the obvious, and oftentimes… the not so obvious! Credit to ZigZiglar

Two: Education and schooling are not the same thing. What goes on inside the schools is often not education. And the results may well be that it reduces productive capacity rather than to increase it. Credit to Prof Sir William Arthur Lewis

Three: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Credit to Prophet Hosea

Four: The illiterates of the future are not those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn! Credit to Alvin Toffler

Five: The greatest obstacle to progress is not ignorance, but the illusion of knowledge. Credit to Daniel Boorstin

Six: When you know the right things, the boundaries around your life suddenly disappear. Credit to Brian Sher