Thesis of A Handbook for Heretics
   

The following is excerpted from A Handbook for Heretics.
© John W. Sloat, 2001.

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The Thesis of A Handbook for Heretics

We are embodied spirits.
We have both a physical and a spiritual nature.

Therefore, we approach God in two different ways.
The physical way is called religion.
The non-physical way is called spirituality.

The difference between religion and spirituality is the difference between Christianity and the Kingdom of God.

The church speaks for Christianity.
The Holy Spirit speaks for the Kingdom of God.

Christianity is a school of faith which helps us learn the basics of morality and religious tradition. This is a collective experience.
The career for which that school of faith prepares us is life in the Kingdom of God. This is an individual experience.

Those who interpret the Christian story literally, using their physical senses, are called orthodox by the church.
Those who interpret the Christian story metaphorically, using their spiritual senses, are called heretics by the church.

All of us have both literal and metaphorical elements in our understanding of divine truth.
Therefore both groups, the orthodox and the heretical, are called to live together in the church in peace.

To do so is to be obedient to Jesus who said: "There are other sheep which belong to me that are not in this sheep pen. I must bring them, too; they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock with one shepherd." John 10:16