Chapter 5 question 2

2. As an unchurched unbeliever, I was taught my Simplicity ideas by the culture. God and Santa Claus both watched over me to catch me doing something wrong. If I did wrong, I would be unrewarded: no presents/ no heaven. My folks taught me right and wrong in a secular way. I feared God because my mom sometimes said “Now I lay me down to sleep” with me. That rhyme hopes that God will come and take my soul (whatever that is). Scary, evil. My complacent atheism got a shaking in the delivery room when Amy was born. Later, we started going to Episcopal church to baptize our daughters. That’s when Complexity set in. I knew very little of the Bible, so we hired a babysitter and went every Wednesday night for Bible class. I also took a Kerygma course on the book of Revelation. Any and every formation class offered I took. I even got confirmed. Prayer still eluded me, but I said the creed and learned a lot of the hymns. Once in a while our highly educated priest would drop a small bomb, like when he said “You know ‘veiled in flesh the godhead see’ is heresy.” I thought, then why do we sing it? Why? Tradition. Tradition makes for complexity—lots of rules to learn, lots of customs that no one understands, lots of resistance to change. But little comments like that hinted that there was a conspiracy of silence in the church. The educated clergy knew the truth, but they weren’t giving it away to the plebeians. It would just confuse us and might lead us to perplexity—not a good thing.

Photo by cottonbro on

2 thoughts on “Pam Answers McLaren 8

  1. Very true about the conspiracy of silence thing. It creates the biggest problems for the most sincere and devoted when they start to see the man behind the curtain.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply to Two sides to a story Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s