5) Beyond Enchantment | Dr. John Suk

Riffing on the work of this week’s guest, Mark reflects on life beyond the enchantment phase; as we emerge from a childhood of magic and wonder, we build for ourselves rigid mental and moral structures which we then question as we grow and mature. And after we’ve worked through our disillusions, it’s time to move forward with new paradigms based on careful evaluation, experience, and a little help from our friends.

Then Mark sits down with Dr. John Suk, minister of Lawrence Park Community Church in Toronto and author of Not Sure: A Pastor’s Journey from Faith to Doubt. Starting with a trip on his RV (nicknamed "Bananer"), his faith undertakes a fascinating and painful transition from the Christian Reformed Church to ultimately a congregation with The United Church of Canada. For John, God is not condemning, and God is more interested in caritas - love as the heart of Christianity. A self-proclaimed "Christian agnostic" and "unitarian with Trinitarian tendencies," John brings fresh and surprising insights on the formation of the creeds, the need to focus on Jesus’ teachings, the weakness of systematic theology, and the challenges of preaching, communicating, and relating in our age of "secondary orality." 

Dr. John Suk's Blog

Dr. John Suk's Blog

Wikipedia: "Secondary Orality" (Walter Ong)

Wikipedia: "Secondary Orality" (Walter Ong)