|Why are you here?|
I am a former minister in a church and seminary student. Mr. Quinn's writings have affected me deeply. So much so that I was unable to complete a trek to priesthood. While I still believe there are a number, as few as they are, of positive things Christianity has to offer, I no longer consider myself an orthodox Christian.
|Any other personal information/resources/advice/ideas to share?|
The one thing I would challenge this community to consider are the points of intersection between the historical Jesus, as modern scholarship is showing, and some of Quinn's ideas. The historical Jesus was quite egalitarian, tribal (the disciples and his 'Kingdom of God' could be viewed as part of a peasant social vision in the vain of a tribe), and focused on living a life of abundance of meeting communal, spiritual and quite earthy needs (look at not just who he ate with alot, but how much he was eating, fishing, walking, talking, and interacting)rather than the vain trappings of self-denial or chasing after illusary wants.