I am a recovering "professional Christian." I'm seeking a community of faith (and of questioning faith) that is more inclusive, radically ecumenical and inter-faith, less bureaucratic, less doctrinal and tribal, more loving, less institutional and denominational, for worship that is more experiential and eclectic, and that seeks wisdom from a variety of wise people and world religious traditions.
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In a recent op-ed by Aaron C. Kay and Mark J. Landau titled "Why so many people want to believe the election was stolen" the writers make this observation, "The election fraud narrative features three characteristics that supercharge its psychological appeal: It makes a complex and hostile world seem orderly, controllable and certain." They go one to reason that given these psychological (and I would ass theological) needs, elections results have to be fraudulent (according to those who won't believe factual, recounted, and certified results - i.e. reality) perpetuated by some shadowy evil design rather the because of random glitches in the process because they cannot accept a random or "chaordic" universe. Everything that happens happens by design - even divine design. The plan has to be "evil" to validate their cosmology and theology - they need an evil enemy. It has to be a powerful enemy, first to pull off the fraud and second, to be a worthy enemy of the "little guy."
Theologically, this is a kind of radical, ubiquitous, and twisted Calvinism coupled with a deep need/belief in a personified and very active Satan - a counterpart to Jesus. Jesus has not defeated sin and evil except on a personal level.
Reason is not an effective approach to conversation or conversion when an idea is deeply seated in a cosmology of a complete determinism and a god who is "in control" - yet not in enough control to defeat the machinations of a Satan. This broken theology feeds suspicion, a kind of misplaced "righteous" anger, and even martyrdom.
To simply ignore reality is no long term plan for dealing with it. This is, at its core, a theological issue. I'm more inclined to embrace the wonderful-terrible gifts of free will and a present participatory God of all being to work with other people in co-creating "thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven."