Here is my contribution to the Theological Confessions Meme. Biretta tip to Per Caritatem.
I confess that if I were ever given the opportunity to rewind my life and career, and to start over, I would probably enter the Dominican Order. I also confess that when I look at my wife and children, I am grateful that I will never be tempted with that choice.
I confess that I really enjoy having teenage children. I confess that still having a pre-teen in tow makes me feel younger than I am.
I confess that the Catechism of the Catholic Church has been a more formative influence on my life than Cranmer's Book of Common Prayer.
I confess that Karl Barth has irrevocably changed the way I do theology, and that, along with him, Karl Rahner, Henri de Lubac, Paul Tillich, and, lately, Hans Urs von Balthasar, are among my favorite dialogue partners in theology.
I confess that I wish my theological seminary had encouraged me to read modern theology rather than to avoid it.
I confess that those who have hurt me most in life are those who have used the pretense of orthodoxy to secure my trust.
I confess that theological liberals have often been more gracious to me than I have been to them.
I confess that C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Paul II, and Mother Theresa are among the reasons that I remain a Christian.
I confess that I have given very serious consideration to becoming a Roman Catholic twice in my life.
I confess that Sacred Heart devotion, gawdy statues, St. Christopher medals, scapularies, and other cheap trinkets are among the reasons that I doubt I'll ever become a Roman Catholic.
I confess that the virtues of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer more than make up for its deficiencies.
I confess that George Harrison is my favorite Beatle, that Pink Floyd's Echoes is the perfect musical composition, and that the end of Yes's Gates of Delerium sometimes brings a tear to my eye.
I confess that some of my most profound spiritual experiences occur while listening to Yes's The Revealing Science of God. I also confess that I find more spiritual value in listening to Rush's 2112 CD than in a MegaChurch service.
I confess that Christian fundamentalism leaves me cold.
I confess that I am in the distinct minority among orthodox thinkers in believing that Interfaith Dialogue is not only beneficial, but also necessary.
I confess that I don't exercise nearly enough for my physical health, nor drink nearly enough for my mental health.
I confess that I sometimes resent that, given my choice of career and my own aspirations, I would have gotten much further in life as a woman and/or an ethnic minority.
I confess that Charles Darwin poses the most serious challenge to the faith of many Christians, mainly because he was correct.
I confess that my disenchantment with Intelligent Design theory rests entirely on my commitment to Theism.
I confess that I am convinced that life exists in other places in our universe, perhaps even in our own solar system, and that the eventual discovery of non-terrestrial life will inspire the most serious re-think of Christian theology since Copernicus. I confess every intention of staying ahead of the curve on this one.
I confess that local orthodoxies (i.e., confessions of faith), while serving a certain usefulness, often become "household idols" that stifle theological inquiry, stall ecumenical progress, and stunt the faith of many. I also confess that I am often impatient with Anglicans who revere the 39 Articles as such.