The Religion-Free Bible Project

The Courage to Create

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“I spent my life attacking everything because I was too afraid to risk creating anything.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

The Bible Is Not A Belief System

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“Once I realized that the point of the Bible wasn’t to create a belief system ABOUT God, the Bible became an invaluable spiritual resource for my journey WITH God.”
– Jim Palmer, Wide Open Spaces: Beyond Paint-by-Number Christianity

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Religionless Christianity

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Toward the end of his life, while in a Nazi prison, Dietrich Bonhoeffer penned some provocative letters to his friend Eberhad Bethage. In some of these letters Bonhoeffer wrestles with a notion he labels “religionless Christianity.” Below is one of them…

“To Eberhard Bethage, April, 1944:

What is bothering me incessantly is the question what Christianity really is, or indeed who Christ really is, for us today. The time when people could be told everything by means of words, whether theological or pious, is over, and so is the time of inwardness and conscience–and that means the time of religion in general. We are moving toward a completely religionless time; people as they are now simply cannot be religious anymore. Even those who honestly describe themselves as “religious” do not in the least act up to it, and so they presumably mean something quite different by “religious.”

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The world needs heretics

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“The church desperately needs creative heretics. A “creative heretic,” an independent thinker, is an example of the “unbalanced” force to which Newton refers in his first law of motion. Only the person who breaks with tradition can change the direction of an institution. A heretic is not an enemy of God but one who is more interested in truth than in tradition.”

– John Sloat, A Handbook for Heretics

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