Let me guess… You’re wondering who I am and why in the world I’m writing this blog, right?
My name is Crystal and I enjoy writing about religion and my spiritual journey. I am a Follower of Jesus who finds deep meaning in the gospel teachings, Buddhism and the guiding principles of Unitarian Universalism. Although I am leaning more towards a spiritual life that doesn’t necessitate an organized worship style, I spend a considerable amount of time thinking about how Christianity’s institutions can engage the greater world. I suppose that’s because since leaving the church a few years ago, I’ve become the “greater world”. Go figure.
Since writing my One Hell of a Lie series in 2010 about the non-existence of hell and an alternative way to interpret the Bible verses upon which arguments for the existence of hell are based, I’ve been embraced in the blogosphere as a voice of alternative theology on that topic. I expanded those blog posts and compiled them into an e-book called “Quenched: What Everyone (Especially Christians) Should Know About Hell”. It’s available for free here on my website and as a paid download on Kindle.
I describe myself as “theologically liberal” and prefer to approach the Bible, theology and religion with fairly liberal perspectives in mind. Those who desire more information about what I mean by “theologically liberal” can read the paper I wrote for a seminary course about the Apostles’ Creed. Oh, yeah… And about seminary: I’m pursuing a Master of Theological Studies in Washington, DC where my focus area is World Religions. I’m looking forward to using what I’ve learned about world religions, interfaith dialogue and spirituality to make the world a better place. I’m still deciding what form(s) that endeavor will take.
I welcome you to comment, email me and connect with me in the world of social media. You can contact me by sending an email to CrystalSLewis@gmail.com. I hope you’ll consider following my blog on Facebook. You’re also welcome to follow me (@CrystalLewis) on Twitter, but I warn you– I tweet more often about food, The Golden Girls and missing the bus than I do about religion!
I hope you’ll return again in the near future.