Today, a podcast was recorded live at Nomad’s recent first offline Gathering, and features psychotherapist, author and teacher Mark Vernon. Mark was an Anglican priest but developed deep doubts about the faith. His subsequent journey took him through atheism, to agnosticism, through ancient Greek philosophy, to a Christian faith that sees doubt and uncertainty as integral parts (see Mark’s post, which features a mind-map drawn by one of his listeners at the April 2017 gathering)
I’ve followed Mark’s blog over the years, and on occasion he’s very kindly sent me PDF’s of some inaccessible articles he’s written, particularly in relation to Carl Jung, whom I’ve long had an interest in. A number of Mark’s books can also be found in my library, including How to be and Agnostic; The Big Questions: God; The Meaning of Friendship (Mark’s PhD focussed on this theme); and Love: All that Matters.
As I was listening to the interview I thought of my good friend Alan Jamieson and his PhD research on Church Leavers. In my mind his research and publications around this theme still feel relevant as many people question their experiences of church, faith, doubt, and spirituality. It also underlined for me the missional questions around cultural engagement (listen particularly around the 15 min mark).
This is a thoughtful, encouraging, and considered conversation, and is well worth a listen. I also recommend Mark’s books, and in particular his books on friendship and love.