Once upon a time, we identified more with the work that we did and the things that we made than we did with what we consumed. In overtly stratified societies, roles were easily delineated, and had the potential to provide a source of security and comfort
With so much complexity, constant change and consequent threats to privilege, power and identity occurring at a spectacular pace, the need for certainty and simplicity becomes not only real, but a necessary resolution for conquering the disorienting impact of fear.
I stumbled into fundamentalism by making a common assumption: I’d become a Christian because I wanted to know and follow the Truth, and being a fundamentalist merely meant adhering to the “fundamentals” of faith.
When compared with modern culture, Jesus really seems to get everything backwards. Any financial planner will tell you it is wise to plan for the future for the sake of your personal security. But if that is the basis of your security, Jesus is liable to call you out.
Prayer can be a touchy subject whether one is a Christian or not because in some sense it is really where your mettle is proven. Along my own path I've been subjected to a variety of practices, and still find it to be a difficult endeavor.