Saturday, October 1, 2016
Friday, September 30, 2016
Real relationships offer us dynamic possibilities to take part in a productive spiral towards mutuality—the narrative drama of a shared space to be and be with the other. Being enmeshed in the beauty of mutuality does not undermine individual freedom, but enhances it. For where responsible trust increases and unreliable suspicion diminishes within the theater of a redemptive life, we discover that a poetics of loving and being loved is a marvel. Sameness and separation, which both happen in a perpetual moment of embrace and release are located in, yet transcend words and actions, as we draw ever closer to who we were meant to be.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Many Christians contend that God fixed the planets and stars and made natural laws that don’t look like they require further specific intervention (if they did things would be likely to spin off into utter chaos), but somehow when it comes to their personal lives God is “seen” to be explicitly intervening every two minutes or so to re-arrange the world on their behalf. On the basis of this incongruity, perhaps a re-exploration of Divine action would be pertinent for the credibility of theism and the Christian faith.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Encountering the infinite mystery of another human being is a sacramental invitation and a sacred adventure towards convergence. This coming alongside or coming together phenomenon will take place at different levels of familiarity; it is never nothing or everything. That is, to be unaffected by or irredeemably lost in another is an expression of inappropriate selfhood. Unadulterated oneness is not desirable. We are always to be intensely touched by our engagements with the other, while remaining ourselves.
Monday, September 26, 2016
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
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.