Unanchored

by Barrett Wolf

Church in a Changing World

Observations of the changing world around me and the history and patterns of the Christian church accompanied by the inconsistent, irresponsible and manipulative biblical hermeneutics among the many fractions of disagreeing Christians

Why Does God’s Story Change in the Bible?

Why Does God’s Story Change in the Bible? by Barrett Wolf   Individual theologies of biblical characters appear to differ dramatically, (Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Daniel, Jesus, the Gospel writers, Paul, John)…but Christians make major attempts to harmonize and synchronize their thoughts about God, so the Bible seems (or feels) more congruent. They do this by calling it “progressive revelation”.…

Mind Control and Faith

Mind Control and Faith By Barrett Wolf   Organized religion (including Christianity) has been accused of trying to “control” people. Of course we’ve all heard “did God create man or did man create God (or many gods)?” And the reason some people offer for rejecting organized religion, is that religion attempts to control people, even people’s thoughts. Well, I’ll share…

Biblical Ignorance and Gymnastics

Biblical Ignorance and Gymnastics by Barrett Wolf   Observations of Inconsistent and Manipulative Christian Biblical Hermeneutics I’ve become increasingly agitated with the common practice of “forcing” a translation or meaning of a particular biblical passage, so that a passage will fit neatly inside a particular doctrine or theological system. It feels a lot like the tail wagging the dog. Example:…

Religion or Relationship: A Christian Dilemma

Religion or Relationship: A Christian Dilemma By Barrett Wolf   Religion has been a dirty word, in my Christian community experiences. I was raised as a non-denominational Bible-believing Christian. I’ve always been taught that religion and religiousness is bad, but Christianity is good; that my faith and church experiences are not “religion”, but distinct from religion because it is based…

Educated Fool or Religious Nut?

Educated Fool or Religious Nut? by Barrett Wolf   Is It True: Ignorance Produces Religion and Education Produces Secularism? Secularism and humanism is dominant near and in universities and other academic and educational institutions. There seems to be a connection between learning/research/science/intellectual advancement and secular humanism. All of the surveys I’ve read seem to indicate that the more science degrees…

The Church’s Response to Change in Society

The Church’s Response to Change in Society by Barrett Wolf   Everything Changes Everything changes: One of the few things I know for certain – Things change. People discover and learn new things all the time. And it affects what societies believe is true about a particular thing. Also, people shouldn’t be overly dogmatic on those beliefs because, without a…

How We Believe, Faith and Self-Deception

How We Believe, Faith and Self-Deception by Barrett Wolf   People believe what they want to believe. Belief is often motivated by personal desire for safety, security, community, acceptance, peace or other personal drivers. Belief in something can begin with a sincere desire for understanding the truth. However, this can be a lengthy and difficult process. So, at some point…

Since Childhood, I Have Had These Questions

Barrett Wolf’s Childhood Questions I remember as a child, sitting in a Sunday school in church. These are things that bothered me and that stayed with me: God told Abraham to kill Isaac. No way. I can’t accept it. Never have been able to. Judas hanged himself (Matthew) or fell headlong (Acts)…so the teacher would reconcile the contradiction with “Judas…