Big Tent Christianity is not about BIG numbers.  In fact, it is interested neither in big numbers nor becoming the new Christendom Christianity.  SO here’s a little syncroblog feed back from Soren Kierkegaard.  He is one of the most ingenious authors the world has ever known and this parable is from his ‘Attack Upon Christendom.’

Can numbers reveal the vitality of religious existence?

They tell a ludicrous story about an innkeeper…It is said that he sold his beer by the bottle for a cent less than he paid for it; and when a certain man said to him, ‘How does that balance the account? That means to spend money,’ he replied, ‘No my friend, it’s the big number that does it’, big number, that also in our time is the almighty power.  When one has laughed at this story, one would do well to take to heart the lesson which warns against the power which numbers exercise over the imagination.  For there can be no doubt that this innkeeper knew very well that one bottle of beer which he sold for 3 cents meant a loss of 1 cent when it cost him 4 cents.  Also with regard to ten bottles the innkeeper will be able to hold fast that it is a loss.  But 100,000 bottles!  Here the big number stirs the imagination, the round number runs away with it, and the innkeeper becomes dazed, it’s a profit, says he, for the big number does it.  So also with the calculation which arrives at a Christian nation by adding up units which are not Christian, getting the result by means of the notion that the big number does it.

If you dig this check out this amazing collection of Kierkegaard’s parables.  It will blow your mind!

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Big Tent Christianity Synchrobloggers
(in alphabetical order)

David Adams, “Big Tent Christianity”

David Adams, “What is That to You?”

Shawn Andrews, “Fruitful”

Kathy Baldock, “Synchroblog for Big Tent Christianity”

Greg Bolt, “Big Tent Christianity – Part 1?

Heidi Bolt, “Big Tent Christianity”

Joe Carson, “Big Tent Christianity and ‘ground level truth’”

Joe Carson, “‘Big Tent Theologian’ wanted to develop theology/praxis for Christian engineers, please state your terms”

Julie Clawson, “Big Tent Christianity – A Place Without Fear”

Philip Clayton, “Is Big Tent Wimpy or Radical?”

Matt Cleaver, “Big Tent Christianity in Big Time Denominations” New!

Bob Cornwall, “Coming Under the Big Tent!”

Bob Cornwall, “Living Under the Big Tent – Christianity That Is!”

Roy Donkin, “Big Tent Christianity”

Mark Eikost, “Peace”

George Elerick, “Monkeys with Vertigo: The BTC Event” New!

Kathy Escobar, “recovery under the big tent”

Rachel Held Evans, “Small Town, Big Tent”

Scott Frederickson, “‘Big Tent Christianity’ and Prairie Table”

Henry Friesen, “Big Tent Christianity” New!

Matt Gallion, “Big Table Christianity”

Andrew Hackman, “Big Tent Christianity and The Sneetches” New!

David Henson, “The Samaritan in the Big Tent”

Chad Holtz, “Big Tents, small gods and Knotted Brides”

Ken Howard, “Coming Together to Build a Bigger Tent” New!

Tony Hunt, “For and Against Big Tents”

John R. King, Jr., “Our Common Faith!”

Amanda MacInnis, “Big Tent Christianity”

James F. McGrath, “Thank God My Opponents Are Pharisees!”

Brian McLaren, “Big Tent Christianity Synchroblog” New!

Tim Meier, “Assumptions”

Hannah Middlebrook, “Engage”

Bert Montgomery, “Going Inside the Big Tent with Charlie Manson”

Josh Morgan, “Big Tent Christianity” New!

Josh Mueller, “Dreams of a Big Tent Christianity”

Thomas Jay Oord, “A catholic Spirit for a Big Tent” New!

Joe Paparone, “Big Tent Christianity – Synchroblog”

Lesley Paparone, “Being The Church”

Matt Ritchie, “The Case for Progressive Christians” New!

Dyfed Wyn Roberts, “Big Tent Christianity in Wales”

Daniel Rose, “Big Tent Christianity 1?

Daniel Rose, “Big Tent or Single Issue?”

Daniel Rose, “Scattered, Gathered, and Beautiful”

Daniel Rose, “Unity, Liberty, and Charity” New!

Ellen Ross, “Big Tent Christianity, Part One: What Faith Is Not”

Christie Sanders, “Hope”

Christine Sine, “Big Tent Christianity – Living the Gospel Now” New!

Arthur Stewart, “A Tale of Two Tents”

Alan Ward, “Coming Together Under a ‘Big Tent’”

Nathan Wheeler, “Wishful Thinking”

John Worst, “Hospitality”

Karissa Worst, “Racism”

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