Welcome! Do you find yourself craving exploration beyond the more traditional topics in your spiritual journey? You know what I'm talking about—what it means to be a Christian man or woman, how to strengthen relationships, developing a prayer life, and the like?
The purpose of Cigars and Theology is to bring people together who are exploring faith and spirituality (or just struggling with it) through fellowship, conversation, cigars, beer and wine. We do this organically--rather than working systematically through an organized Bible study or devotional, a difficult theological question is asked. To tackle the question, we ask that you apply your individual story or experience, and then compare that experience with others. Hopefully, the result is a refined understanding of some of our most difficult spiritual issues.
Your organizers claim the Christian faith, so the majority of topics have their origins in Christianity, but we try to focus on those issues with the most universal applicability. Examples include whether it’s preferable or even viable for differing faiths (religions) to co-exist; the coherence and validity of the Bible; the role of logic and rationality in religion; the interplay of science (evolution) and faith; determinism; and others. Readings from selected texts are also used as jump-off points for discussion, and all members are encouraged to initiate topics.
The "small group" or "home group" format that some organizations use, if you're familiar with that, is the structural objective. The basic idea is to have a relatively small group (15 members or less) come together in an intimate setting (usually a member's home) to share bottles, smokes, and perspectives. So in short, whether the wine and beer are an excuse to discuss theology, or the theology is an excuse to smoke a good cigar, you are welcome here with us!
--James & Eric, Co-Organizers
P.S. You'll see a $10/yr "member dues" listed. This is completely voluntary. If you decide to participate and you want to be a part of what we're doing, then we want you to be able to contribute, but you certainly don't have to. Bottom line, we're simply glad to have you.
“. . . [T]he testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:3
“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves . . .” 2 Corinthians 13:5
“. . . Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience . . .” 1 Peter 3:14-16