The Struggle of Changing Beliefs

One of the many scary consequences with reading books on ethics and theology is every now and then, you read something that forces you to reevaluate your current beliefs.  It’s scary in the sense that you don’t know the outcome of this reevaluation.   Sometimes, after you’ve had a chance to work through the issues, you’re beliefs stay the same.  But, you are more informed about your beliefs and any objections that may be raised concerning those beliefs.  Other times, this reevaluation causes you to completely change your beliefs in some way.

I’m currently working my way through Kingdom Ethics by Glen H. Stassen and David P. Gushee.  This is one of those books I’ve been meaning to get to for a while.  This is one of those books that has forced me to reevaluate what I believe and why.

I’m not vain enough to assume that my beliefs are infallible and welcome chances to reevaluate what I believe.  It just seems to fit with the process of discernment that I’ve been going through for most of the year.  It seems that recently, I’ve been doing a lot of evaluation.  Over the past few months I’ve been sporadically documenting how my beliefs have changed.

Here’s where I’m at so far:

And most recently:

  • Moved from pro-capital punishment to anti-capital punishment-The more involved I get with justice issues, the more I came to see the injustices within and the issues surrounding this system of “retributive justice.”
  • Moved from purely pro-choice belief to being morally pro-life, but legally pro-choice-I’ve actually been here for a while, I just couldn’t express my beliefs accuratly enough to categorize myself into a group.
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