Tertullian, an early Christian thinker, stated “I believe because it is absurd.” Augustine of Hippo prayed “I believe, Lord. Help my unbelief.” Questions of faith and religion, belief and doubt, and what it all means on a fundamental level for each individual, have been a matter of spiritual and intellectual struggle throughout the ages.
Religion, spirituality, faith, and belief are words used often and sometimes interchangeably. But what do these words really mean? Are they really interchangeable or do they have distinct meanings we need to appreciate? Can one have religion with no spirituality? With no faith? Can one have spirituality with no form of religion? Is there spirituality with no faith? Can we have beliefs with no faith? Can we have faith and doubt at the same time? There are many questions but the answers vary widely. What do you think?
You are welcome to join the Christian Spirituality for UUs affinity group for another of our wide-ranging discussions as we explore these profound and meaningful topics.
The next meeting will be on January 12 at 7:00 pm at UUCW in Room UL5.
If you are interested in joining us for this discussion, email Jim Maletta to get the background reading material and thought questions to help prepare for this meeting.