In this episode John and Gregg round-out their “coaching versus Christianity” discussion. Gregg begins by affirming his perspective that it is both normal and potentially helpful to find oneself more deeply engaged or compelled by pursuits other than Christianity.
John wonders: what core questions could help listeners ask themselves to evaluate theses types of situations?
In response, Gregg advocates “bracketing out” any guilt that one may feel about the matter, instead ask oneself: What do you value about this other activity? What keeps you coming back to this other activity? In short, ask What is it about who you are and about the nature of this this other activity that forms a “vital connection”?
John wonders where Gregg has most experienced this. Gregg explains that it was becoming and living as an agnostic that provided him some of the most profound insights about himself and about the faith that he had been living before (and had rejected because it was unliveable). However, Gregg notes the significant difficulty with this idea: few Christians could seriously value an activity or orientation that results in the rejection of Christianity.