Monday, September 26, 2016

Reflection for the Week - September 26

Christians all too often become inoculated against the real. Plagued by inauthentic churches peddling illusions and the deception of unreal images that manifest themselves in misplaced expectations and extravagant regimes, which are given an illegitimate authority and unwarranted priority, Christians fade from the scene of being engaged by the real world. We have become all too clever at making it up as we go along, propagating reveries, ignoring science, and imagining life to be as it is not. There are many attempts, for a variety of reasons, to live in imaginary worlds of our own fabrication, when we should be living imagination from and to the world as it appears: vive l’imagination – a sign post to the real.


Friday, September 9, 2016

Press release!

Held for further investigation. Scientist George Diepstra and theologian Gregory Laughery have been detained by the literalist religious elite for embracing evolution, viewing Genesis 1-3 as story, and then publishing a book on it. If you’re interested in knowing more about this case read From Evolution to Eden and Peter Enns review.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thursday Thoughts - September 8

Total self-independence or total God dependence are not realistic options for life. Totalities are just out of the question. We lack access. Rather, it seems to me that God challenges us to be “dependently independent.” This blended configuration has to be worked out, but it gives us an opportunity to be the “in tension” creatures we’re intended to be, instead of violating ourselves, others, or God through totalizing illusions.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Living Spiritual Rhythms - September 7

Early Genesis makes room for cocreativity. God endows the natural world with the capacity to be part of a creative process that is a massive enterprise, which far surpasses what we can fathom or imagine. It appears that God releases nature to be distinct from God, while God nevertheless remains sovereign over its creationality processes and its ultimate destiny. This picture of God and nature can be partially filled in from both sides; the biblical and natural world informers paint in a startling diversity of colors more luminescent, mysterious, and creative than any eye has seen.


Monday, September 5, 2016

Reflection for the Week - September 5

It doesn’t seem to make much sense that God would be angry or threatened when humans accomplish good things. After all, this is one of the chief reasons why we exist. In fact, a key feature of the creational mandate is that humans would step forward and represent God in this manner. When we do this well, as evidently sometimes happens, God should not mind. God may even applaud the accomplishment with both hands. Well done! But I guess we’re not quite sure what to do with this possibility. Usually, in Christian circles, we’re told that it is inappropriate to value what we accomplish. Part of the logic of this view is that when we accomplish something good, it can lead to arrogance or idolatry. Yet, I would want to argue that while this is sometimes the case, it isn’t necessarily so. That is, we do have other options. Take this example. Keep accomplishing good, but steer clear of arrogance and idolatry. When we do so, we partially fulfill our Creator’s invitation. This means there seems to be a place and space to see our accomplishments of good as valuable, without them turning into something that is anti-God.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Genesis & Evolution?

In the past, the Genesis creation accounts were seen as credible sources for understanding the beginning of the world and human origins. Today, however, the meaning and validity of the text has undergone many challenges, as our scientific knowledge has rapidly advanced. In light of this information, we wrote From Evolution to Eden: Making Sense of Early Genesis in order to contribute fresh perspectives to the interpretation of Genesis 1-3. What kind of text is this and how is it to be read?


Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday Musings - September 2

Being stuck inside a small caverned space has left traces in the flesh like graven tattoos marking trapped insecurity. Bounded, chained, and incarcerated, takes away any possibility of escape. Groping and searching for a way out weighs heavily on the spirit. Interiors are only mirrors of self-reflection. Feeling around, hands on walls, looking for the key to unlock the door becomes relentless and seemingly unending, as a blurry darkness blinds and any glare is not quite enough to allow for seeing. Seeping through a crevice, however, comes the Other, who opens a possible world that transforms the spatial closure, and thus leads to redemption.