Be Good To Your Fellow Human Help Your Community Be Good To Yourself Good & Timely Advice Total
University Unitarian 1 2 2 1 6
LDS Washington Park 2 2 0 0 4
Oak Lake Baptist 2 0 0 2 4
St. John Evangelist 0 0 1 2 3
University Christian 2 0 0 1 3
Grn. Lake 7th Day Adv. 1 0 0 1 2
Sakya Buddhist Monastery 1 0 1 0 2
Beth Shalom 1 0 0 0 1
Crown Hill Methodist 0 0 1 0 1
Epic Life Church 0 0 0 1 1
Idriss Mosque −1 0 0 2 1
Saint Nectarios 0 0 0 0 1
Bethany Community 0 0 0 0 0
Jehovah’s Witness Ballard 0 0 0 0 0
Church of Scientology −1 0 −1 −1 −3
Mars Hill Ballard −1 −1 −1 −1 −4
Average 0.44 0.19 0.19 0.50 1.38

2 thoughts on “Scorecard

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  2. It would be really interesting (if you’re done with finding churches to visit), to revisit them and find out about various points you learned from the others.

    For example, at Sanctuary CRC, you mentioned you thought the speaker was asking for money too strongly – so go around and find out how the other churches collect funds and how much they talk about it. Or another time you mentioned suffering. What are the other churches’ positions on suffering? Do they seek it out, accept it as it comes, or avoid it? Is it all ‘for Christ’, or is some of it because we’re human and sometimes stupid? Those kinds of things.

    It might take more than one pass to collect all of that information but second and third impressions would also make for a good read. You could compare your visits to the same place. Perhaps they’ll have different speakers that will give you a different impression. Add columns to the scorecard with subtotals! 🙂

    I see that you give points based on humanist values, presumably because you subscribe to that viewpoint. I’m wondering whether you have instead considered finding truth (or making sure you have it, or all of it, or as much as can be had) and then conforming to it – in other words, rather than finding a church that suits you, finding one that has something to change for, if need be.

    Put another way, a lot of people shop for a church that preaches a god in their own image (or rather, one they are comfortable with), rather than trying to find out about the real God and then conforming to any directives He might have for us. I think a lot of churches avoid talking about the various sins, for example, because they don’t want to make people uncomfortable and leave. So if there is such a thing as sin, which churches aren’t afraid to preach against it rather than just be a feel-good church? Are there moral absolutes? Does that church claim to know, or do they just believe?

    Perhaps in your second pass through, you could also find out how the members are supposed to know for themselves a) that God exists, and b) what He wants from them. Or are they supposed to take their preacher’s word for it?

    Keep going on this!

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