I had the opportunity of calling Clayton Christensen my “bishop” when I was struggling with certain aspects of my faith while attending MIT. His thoughtful and reasoned approach not only impacted me at that time, but his successes since those discussions has continued to inspire me. I wanted to share 2 of his links that may be as interesting to you as they were to me.
First was an interview with Forbes that turned to his faith:
The second was a link to his personal reasons for believing and belonging:
Why I Belong and Why I Believe.
Religion has been a source of pain, conflict, and suffering for millenia. It has also been a source of inspiration, knowledge, and peace for countless millions. Why such varied impacts?
I can only speak from personal experience. My faith experience has generally been very positive. There have also been aspects of belonging to a faith group that are regretable. I would like to analyze what works, what doesn’t, and why. I’d like to share those insights here. I welcome your comments. My hope is to create a conversation between friends that ideally mutually uplifts, but at minimum, respectfully educates.
What works for me may not work the same way for you. That’s OK- we are different. Your understanding of concepts and doctrines may be different than mine. That’s OK- perhaps you can provide some new insight that helps to deepen my understanding. Perhaps you don’t believe at all. In fact, perhaps faith as a concept is scary and suspicious, fraught with danger. That’s OK too- it certainly can be all of those things.
However, in the end, I believe my life is richer, more fulfilling, and more peaceful because of my faith. I hope that some of the things I share will provide something of value to you.