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"Erasure Heads" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Eraser Heads” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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I’ve gone through a ton of erasers because, for me, it was more about removing the unnecessary and untrue than about writing new stuff. It’s more about removing the theological clutter than collecting more. It’s simplifying. Traveling light.

I’m a theological minimalist.

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4 Responses

  1. Ducatihero says:

    I feel the urge to “come out” so to speak about myself.

    I wasn’t raised in a Christian family though it was common in that culture to send kids to Sunday School for a moral education. At age 12 my parents (atheist / agnostic) left me to decide what I wanted to do for myself. I decided that staying in bed was a better option than going to church.

    At age 33 I had an experience where this word “change” came to me at a time where I was frustrated with life, always waning more. so I went to church and it felt to me was as if the sermon was directed at me. So I made a commitment was baptised shortly after.

    A couple of years later I left work to go to theological college and study first an honours in theology and than a masters in biblical interpretation. I never really had felt that i had fitted in with church culture going fro one to the next however I found a belonging at college, loved the discussions in the common room and in seminars. I did come to a point where I was so frustrated with church that I was “done” and find belonging now in creative environments. Thought I still attend church I am more of a pew filler and being involved with the drama group there than immersed in the culture. I am fortunate to have a leader there who I regard highly and who is held in high respect by the local and national community. He played host to the 100th year commemoration of WWI with dignitaries including Prince Charles, David Cameron and Trevor McDonald. I have known his hospitality to be the same for me.

    I respect anyone making the choice either to continue to be in church or to leave church. My view of what church is has changed over the years from “church” to the biblical meaning ekklesia or gathering. So wherever 2 or 3 (or more) are gathered. I think contemporary “church” can be somewhat different to the representation of Jesus that true early followers had.

    I see it always as being a “struggle” in a sense – always deconstructing and reconstructing, parts dying off, parts growing, being refined, sometimes the ugliness of dross coming to the surface.

    What my experiences have taught me was earlier on I thought I knew everything and could go out with others and change the world – I was naiive. I have grown wiser and more informed. What wisdom has taught me is that however much of it I have, the amount I can have and the amount i can know is minuscule compared to what wisdom and knowledge there is available.

    So when it comes to faith and theology, I guess I am just a beginner.

  2. Teague says:

    I’ve gone through a lot of erasers myself. It’s is so freeing to let go of all the religious clutter that contributes nothing to your or others lives. I’ve also had to erase many relationships that contributed nothing to my life, but actually sucked the life out of me and/or others. I’m not talking about those folks who cannot afford either emotional, spiritually, or financially to reciprocate, but those who just give you and/or others grief. I’ve only recently after years gained the mental and emotional strength to begin gathering new relationships.

  3. Sabio Lantz says:

    Embrace the eraser!
    Turn upside down and rub hard.
    Change your religion, your diet, your academic pride, your politics, your job, your status, your identity and more.

    Erase with Joy !

  4. Christopher says:

    Oh I thought this was a metaphor for using your brain and actually thinking about things (thus wearing down the eraser), which will inevitably lead us to struggle with our faith. In that way, I think I know a lot full-eraser people with a lot of “faith” because they don’t allow themselves to consider other perspectives or think about anything that could conflict with that faith. Better in their minds to keep the eraser clean. However, I tried to try that for a long time, and I’ve recently embraced the dirty, worn down eraser mentality.

    Since then, I’ve started to realize that most people who do keep their erasers clean aren’t doing it for God or for themselves, they’re doing it to satisfy other people’s expectations of strong faith (and their perceptions of what strong faith should look like). Better, I think, to have a personal faith that defies men and women’s expectations but is genuine than to satisfy those expectations and never really get to the bottom of what your faith could be.

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