Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tradition

I'm finally at peace with the idea that has been troubling me for quite some time. I'm Baptist because I was raised Baptist.

I used to like to think that I'm Baptist by choice. And, I guess, it still holds true: I continue in the Baptist tradition by choice. But, then again, I don't think I could ever leave the Baptist tradition--for a variety of reasons: comfort of familiarity, job security, theological identity.

At the same time, there are many things about other Christian traditions that are attractive to me, like the exuberance of the Pentecostals, the mystery of Catholicism, the community of Anglicanism, the confidence of Calvinism, etc. In other words, I think I would be Catholic if I were raised Catholic. I would be Anglican if I were brought up by Anglican parents. I would be Presbyterian if my parents had belonged to a Presbyterian Church.

Of course, this doesn't necessarily apply to all people; there are many Christians who grew up in a nonChristian home. Which makes me wonder: if I had been born to atheists, would I be an atheist? I don't think so because the sacred heart of Christ draws me to him, regardless of my tradition.

5 comments:

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Unknown said...

What of those whose identity is "no identity?"

A sort of Christian liminality seems to be a popular trend among those who were steeped in evangelical traditions (roughly my age, give or take a few years).

Darryl

Unknown said...

Don't know what's going on with my sign-in.....

Darryl

Rodney Reeves said...

Darryl,

I don't know how to answer your question since I come from a tradition that prizes theological identity.

JDTapp said...

I try to tell myself that it's the doctrine, but I think I've concluded that I'm Baptist because the costs of changing would be too high-- a lot of people wouldn't like it and I wouldn't like their reactions.