I’m sure I’d get a very warm welcome back into the fold if I returned, and I don’t mind answering the question of the subject line.
Well, I’m certainly no fortune-teller and given my past performance at predictions I’d say I’m not so good at predicting my future beliefs, but I can at least give some more detail to my answer, as well as some background.
At 18 years of age I told my friend there was no way I’d ever become a Christian. A year or so later and that was corrected.
Then at 20 years of age, when my father asked me if I could ever leave the Christian fold, I told him that there was absolutely no way that could happen. I was so sure of myself (even more sure I had thought than when I was 18.) I had dotted my i’s and crossed my t’s when doing my research. I had researched Isaiah 53 and Daniel 9 to the point that I knew for sure that it proved there was a God and that Jesus was that God. That prediction took almost 5 years to be corrected.
Ah, but I was so young then, right? The age where we are all so cocksure of our beliefs. I’m 43 and more mature now, right? Well age hasn’t given me more confidence in the answers to ultimate questions – quite the opposite has happened. The last thing I want is to feel like I’ve “arrived” or reached a place of firm conclusions. I value greatly the humility of accepting that I’m human and capable of mistakes – in fact this lack of humility was a big problem I had with the evangelical groups that I hung with. Being open to change is important to me because I believe that being open to possibilities is an important part of forward progress. I consider all worldviews as possibilities if at some point they could be shown to be true. So the answer to the subject line really is a yes, but it is a yes for all worldviews and not all yeses carry the same weight. And while I leave the doors cracked open to all ideas, they are not open in a way that means they all haunt me and can suck me in without reason and evidence.
We’d go insane if we didn’t make our best guess at what worldviews are more worth our effort in pursuing. My priorities in my own pursuit is in worldviews which are similar to naturalism (although I certainly have not settled on naturalism) because right now I believe those are more worth my time and effort. This post is not intended to explain why as the rest of my blog has made some attempt at that. As far as effort goes I’d also rank eastern religions higher in my scale of interest than Christianity.
I no longer see mainline Judaism, Christianity and Islam as worth the concerted effort. But this doesn’t mean I’ve got my hands over my ears. I’m more than willing to listen to any suggestions that believers in these camps have and I will still listen, read and consider material pointed to by them. I truly believe I can learn from people of all different worldviews. Just because I disagree with them on their overall conclusions doesn’t mean that some of the details wouldn’t be beneficial for me.
So while the answer is a possible yes, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting.