‘Very interesting, it’s all about not alienating people before they even think about crossing the threshold of where you worship.’ Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2
Do you feel more at home on the edges of faith than at the centre? Would you call yourself a bit of a black sheep?
Too often Christian spirituality has been associated with conformity, or a subculture where people don’t feel able to ask questions. But Dave Tomlinson, author of How to be a bad Christian, doesn’t think it has to be like this; instead, our spiritual communities can be ‘laboratories of the Spirit’ – places where we can explore issues of faith and spirit with openness, imagination and creativity.
Welcome to black sheep spirituality – where doubts and questions are an essential part of faith; where difference of opinion is a sign of a secure community; where divine revelation is embraced wherever it is found – in the arts, science and the natural world as well as religious tradition; and where faith is something that is lived and practised rather than embalmed in beliefs or ritual.