150 - Beyond The Bible - A Journey to Understanding: Probing Questions with Brian Dixon
In Episode 147, "Facing The Fear of Being Shunned: Navigating Spiritual Awakening & Deconstruction," I delved into the varied responses I received to my Facebook post on my Spiritual Awakening and Deconstruction journey. My friend Brian Dixon voiced some concerns about my post, my intention to create a space for others on a similar path, and my exploration of God's truth beyond biblical confines.
Over the next few days, I felt an internal nudge suggesting I invite Brian to join my podcast for a deeper conversation about my journey. The idea wasn't to instigate a debate, but rather for Brian to ask insightful questions that could help him understand my spiritual path and how I arrived at this point.
Brian graciously accepted the invitation, and this episode features our thought-provoking conversation from the afternoon of July 21st, 2023.
Towards the end of our conversation, Brian shared his extensive religious education - a master's degree from a Bible college - and his lifelong commitment as a Bible-believing Christian. He expressed his love for defending the "Word of God". With this in mind, I'm considering inviting Brian back to the podcast, but this time, with roles reversed. I'd like to delve into his journey towards a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. I'm aware that Brian has extensively explored his spiritual path, and as he states, he's prepared to present a defense for traditional Christianity that is gentle, respectful, and clear.
As we close, the key takeaway I hope resonates with everyone is this: It is entirely possible to maintain a loving friendship and engage in open dialogue with those who hold strong beliefs different from our own. This, in itself, is a testament to our shared humanity and the capacity for mutual respect, despite our differences. Let our conversation serve as a beacon of encouragement in your own interactions and journeys.