Friday, October 1, 2004
Meet your fellow Philocritics, part 3.
In our first poll of Philocrites readers, I learned that I'm preaching to the choir: 72% of you say you agree with me "much of the time." (Such amazing powers of persuasion!) So rather than comment on Kerry's out-of-the-park homerun last night — you'll probably find much to agree with in Ryan Lizza and William Saletan, too — I thought I'd just head right into the end-of-the-month site report.
Thanks for new links this month from Voyager ("One world, one nation" — but lots of slow-loading graphics) and Quaker Quietist ("A traditional Hicksite Quaker and solitary living a life of recollection and inward retirement"). I'm also intrigued and delighted that one of my theological essays has shown up on the syllabus for a course on The Church and Sacramentality at the University of St. Thomas. And somewhat anachronistically, my 1997 essay on John Dewey's idea of God has shown up on a site dedicated to Religion after 9/11. Hmm, not sure about that connection. But thanks for the links!
And, although he doesn't have a regular blogroll, I also want to call attention to Bob's thoughtful god-of-small-things, which I discovered when he linked to my post about the Southern Baptist ministers serving mainline churches in rural northern New England.
Now, on to this week's poll of the Philocritics:
I'm curious about your religious background. I suspect that the largest portion of my regular readers are "religious liberals," but I also suspect that many of us didn't start out that way. I've been thinking about faith odysseys lately — I've always found them compelling — and thought it might be fun to learn a bit about your paths. So the poll this month asks, "When you were 12, what was your religion?" I apologize in advance to readers who were raised in traditions I didn't name: I only get ten answers per poll, and I guessed that these ten were the most likely answers. (If you were a 12-year-old Quaker, Mennonite, Rajneeshi, Christian Scientist, or Muslim, click "Other" and leave a comment with the details.)
For the comments, don't feel that you need to draw a map between Point A and Point Z or wherever you are today, but do name a few big landmarks along the way. As many of you know, I was a Mormon deacon at age 12. At 19 I was an existentially uprooted Mormon exile. At 21 I was surprised to discover Unitarianism. (People laughing in church. That was something I hadn't encountered before.) And in June 2003 on this site I tagged myself a post-orthodox postliberal Christian. (Huh?) Someday I'll fill in the details.
Or perhaps you'd like to answer only one question: What was the most surprising twist in your faith journey?
September was a banner month at Philocrites: 4,568 daily unique visitors and 13,551 visits, a considerable jump. I was surprised to see that Meet Your Fellow Philocritics (9.1.04) was the most-visited entry — but maybe that just goes to show that you are all as curious about the readers of this site as I am!
My Guide to UU Blogs (1.3.04) came next, followed by Catastrophic Success (8.31.04), Knocking on Door for No Apparent Reason (8.4.04, my invitation to share a few Unitarian Universalist jokes over at Coffee Hour), the CBS forged-document-scandal edition of Fonts in the News (9.11.04), the ever-popular Sixteen Fastest Growing UU Churches (1.3.04), the increasingly popular Liberal Blogs (3.7.03, which simply points people to liberal blogs), and The Priesthood of All Believers (8.31.04, about the parishioners who won't abandon their closed Catholic parish). Each of these entries received at least 100 visits this month.
I blog because I can't help myself, but your readership and comments and e-mails and links and your friendly in-person introductions make this a very satisfying obsession. Many thanks!
Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 1 October 2004 at 10:12 PM