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My Reawakening:I spent my youth and most of my adult life attending 2 evangelical/fundamental Presbyterian USA (PCUSA) Churches.
I always had trouble with why the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) description of Jesus were written so late, Mark, the earliest was written around 70 AD, 40 years after Jesus had died.
All the paranormal things in the Bible didn't fit with the science I knew.
Many of the things I learned in 2 Conservative/Evangelical/Fundamentalist Presbyterian Churches I attended for most of my life are now questioned.
These churches were part of the PC USA denomination, largest Presbyterian denomination which was generally pretty liberal. Both have left PC USA and joined more conservative Presbyterian denominations over same-sex marriage and other social issues.
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I'm now in my 70's I've discovered several things that addressed my concerns.
"One of the great tragedies of our time is this impression that has been created that science and religion have to be at war." - Francis CollinsAll evangelical Christians I know reject evolution as being incompatible with the bible. Most also reject Climate Change.
He wrote "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief", 2006
I think evangelicalism has a particular problem right now. I mean, they're the people who argued, many of whom leaders argued, that character counts during the Bill Clinton years, and now character apparently doesn't count at all.
In a Washington Post Opinion column "Trump should fill Christians with rage. How come he doesn't?" Sept 1, 2022 .
Gerson goes into detail about the inconsistency between Jesus and the conservative political movement.
He uses the story of Lazarus resurrection in John 11:1 to talk about grief not the meaning of the resurrection itself.
He says many English translations say that Jesus was “deeply moved and troubled” at the tomb of Lazarus, the original Greek word "embrimáomai" actually means that he expressed “furious indignation.”
It was the day after the 3rd birthday of my Grandson and triggered in me a new way of interpreting resurrection.
>Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D. Former Assistant Minister of Pastoral Care at Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis. Pastor, Old Cambridge Baptist Church American Baptist Chaplain, Harvard University Advisor for LGBTQ+ Affairs, Office of Religious Spiritual & Ethical Life, MIT