Is There Hope for Cynical Christians?
Just had a listen to a good lecture by Wade Bradshaw from L'Abri. L'Abri in french means 'the shelter', it is a kind of retreat where people go to ponder the meaning of life and deal openly and honestly with their doubts and questions about faith.
I found the lecture 'Is There Hope for Cynical Christians?' available for download. So as someone who can easily be cynical about most things, it got my attention. I had met Wade when visiting English L'Abri a few years ago, and he had made an impression on me with (among other things) a recital of Italo Calvino over lunch followed by a thought provoking discussion.
Well, the downloaded lecture was also very thought provoking, although it's not quite the same as being there to engage in some live discussion. I guess one reason why I started this blog was the hope that it could be the platform for some in-depth discussion at some stage.
Wade described modern cynicism as being skeptical of anything presented as good, seeing selfishness as the motivation behind most things (if someone is friendly, it's only because they want something from you). Like a protection mechanism, being cynical sheilds us from disappointment - but it also shields us from joy and really engaging with life.
Lots of people are cynical, yet everyone needs some kind of hope for life to be worthwhile. One question raised was the importance of truth in relation to hope (having a false hope will keep someone going, so why does it matter if it's true or not).
Anyway, if anyone has come across any other good resources on this topic I would be interested to know about them.