A friend and colleague of mine, the Rev. Jim Burklo, is the Dean of Religious Life at USC. As a “Progressive Christian” he has made a strong statement in support of true “religious freedom” that includes non-believers.
I’d like to pursue some questions with him concerning the use of the negative term “atheist” (I prefer “freethinker” or “naturalistic thinker” or something more positive and open to engagement).
I also want to address the oft-repeated challenge to non-theists that we are simply rejecting the old, childish “Man in the Sky” image of a god. I’m curious how he engages those of us who let go of god and faith through rational personal choice, sometimes after years of questioning supernatural explanations for the universe.
I’m very interested that he says he does not believe in a supernatural. This almost sounds like he has left the “fold of faith” as most people would define it. What is “Christian” about that “progressive” step?
So, hurrah! This seems to open new trails, new waters to cross, for discussion and exploration!