I’m Tim Ware. I graduated from seminary in 2011 with a Master of Divinity degree. I have been a Christian most all of my life, and I have been active in church.
I reached the point where I no longer agree with most of the beliefs of the two main sectors of organized Christianity.
One sector says that Christianity is all about getting your sins forgiven. But I could not agree that God is a monster who demands eternal suffering in hell as payment for sin. I could not agree that Jesus was more or less God's biological Son whom God punished instead of us.
The other sector says Christianity is all about social justice. But I could not agree that Jesus was a radical political revolutionary who was killed because He challenged the Roman political system of domination.
In short, I could not agree with the version of Christianity that says Jesus sacrificed Himself to God as payment for sin, but neither could I agree with the view that Jesus was a radical political revolutionary. I felt both of those versions of Christianity were wrong.
I spent almost an entire lifetime being a Christian, seriously thinking about the Christian faith, and seriously studying the history of early Christianity. Gradually, over the years, I discovered that there is another way to look at Christianity.
It doesn't see Jesus as The Sufferer. It doesn't see God as the monster who has to have vengeance. It doesn't see Jesus as a left-wing political reactionary.
It sees Jesus as The Victor and God as the one who rescues us.
It is a completely different view of God and Jesus than what you will find in most of American Christianity today. It is a completely different kind of Christianity than what you have heard in church.
Since I could no longer accept the beliefs of either of the two main sectors of American Christianity, when I graduated from seminary, I decided to work outside of organized Christianity. Part of that involved starting this podcast. The purpose of the podcast is to provide a perspective on Christianity that is seldom heard today, but one which I believes captures the true essence of Christianity.
I began the Starting Over With Christianity podcast to help people consider Christianity differently than they have before. This podcast offers episodes that aren’t afraid to question the beliefs of American Christianity and aren’t afraid to suggest new ways of looking at things.
This podcast is not bound by the traditional beliefs of American Christianity. It doesn’t hesitate to deviate from what almost everyone else in American Christianity is saying. It will give you an entirely different perspective on Christianity.
You may or may not agree with that things I say, and that's OK. I don't expect you to agree with everything I say. My goal is to present a different way of looking at Christianity, an alternative for you to consider.
If you expect to hear the same things here that you hear in church, you probably won't like what you hear here. But if you are looking for a different perspective on Christianity than what you find in church, you might find what you're looking for here.