I don’t know about you, but the conflict register of an internal dialogue swirls around within me. I’m not sure which voices to listen to. Reason, sense observation, experience, emotion, imagination, and intuition clamor for authority. I find myself searching for a coherent balance for living (acting and suffering) on this planet. When forced, as I am, to take an external dialogue (self, other, world, God) seriously, this helps me begin to find my bearings and to start to align internal and external, which in turn, temporarily at least, allows me go forward into the privilege of unknowing.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Fundamentalist evangelicalism in its refusal to rethink theology in light of evolution, especially when it comes to Genesis 1-3, reminds me of La peste by Camus. In his book, Dr Rieux, struggling to find out why so many are dying, finally receives the grim confirmation that a plague should be acknowledged and the city closed down. Intriguingly, this type of proclamation and act of closure, though often unconfessed, is happening in a myriad of conservative church contexts that simply refuse to look carefully at the issues, which in turn perpetuates the spread of plague. Pretending it doesn’t exist and hiding its effects is having devastating results. At the moment, a sensitive fundamentalist might admit, the prognosis is not good. Many, I fear, will die on the cross of ignorance and arrogance before a cure is accepted. Hope for the future, in this context, is connected to being willing to explore new options that carry with them the vaccine of credibility.
Monday, September 14, 2015
To not believe in some pictures of God does not mean to not believe in God at all, as the accusation often goes. That is, the picture of God scurrying around and answering every prayer or micro managing all the details of life for ME, does not a God make.
Not only has the likelihood of evolution put a formidable dent in these types of theologies, but the issues of Divine action have yet to be taken seriously by those who hold them. In considering what we are beginning to discover about ourselves and the world it seems theological positions may have to be modified. If they’re not, we will lose credibility and belief with it.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
When you question traditional understandings of Genesis 1-3 as we have, it raises serious issues for some. Science indeed has presented us with a powerful evolutionary picture of beginnings that challenges us to rethink our theology. In doing so, many Christians have accused us of being heretics, or perhaps worse. But please read From Evolution to Eden to find out why.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
During my time as the director of a long standing Christian community, I attempted to explore fresh perspectives of God, self, spirituality, the biblical text, and the world. One of my goals was to challenge seekers, skeptics, and believers to travel new paths. If you’re interested in coming along on the journey, you can interact with some of these thoughts and experiences, which are portrayed in a constellation of prayers, stories, poems, and rants, available in my Living Spiritual Rhythms Books 1-4. Santé!
Monday, September 7, 2015
I long to find shelter from the superabundance of the
and from the accuracy of the measurable, please…. .
Friday, September 4, 2015
I believe we’re all ignorant of ultimate truth, but what matters is how we choose to live with this scenario. There are those who despair, those who don’t care, those who deny, and those who have faith.
Intriguingly for me, and at any given moment, I find something of myself in each.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Naturalism, though comprising many truths, cannot go it alone. Yet, this is not to say that what transcends it offers a total closure, since it only promises the “more sufficient.”
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Attempts to do theology without science are like trying to fly a kite without wind. As crucial as it is to read the early Genesis stories through ancient eyes, it is all the more essential to consider current scientific informers when it comes to drawing theological conclusions today. Science has presented us with a powerful evolutionary picture of beginnings that challenges us to rethink our theology. If you’re interested in these issues check out our new book From Evolution to Eden.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Throughout the biblical story there appears to be a fair amount of Gray matter, yet with differing degrees of intensity. Gray is a fine color and it goes well with the Kaleidoscope of other colors that stream in and out of this unique narrative recounting. Embracing the colorful exposition, instead of trying to ignore it, will amount to becoming a more imaginative and realistic interpreter, open to the mystery of that which was, is, and will be.
Friday, August 28, 2015
While it has been a joy to help you who I’ve met and lived with answer some of your questions, remember this doesn’t
mean I don’t have many unanswered ones of my own.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I’ve been around this block for a few years now. Generally speaking, the debate over the compatibility of evolution and Christianity, especially among evangelicals, lacks the input of scientists who not only practice their discipline but who have thought deeply and reflectively about the theological…
Monday, August 24, 2015
If the church has no life to offer, which often seems to be the case, it will end up promoting doing instead of being, the law instead of grace, and justice instead of love. While the former in this trio are essential, when they become the exclusive focus or enrolled to go it alone, suffocation and death is not far off. Signs of a diminished pulse and failing vital organs also include the rigid retreat from public life and the serious discussion of ideas, which profoundly endorses the notion that many of today’s churches are withering away. Last gasps of retrenched and reactionary apologetics without spiritual wisdom or keen insight into the fine points of important issues, will only result in an increasing lack of interest and the ongoing erosion of credibility. Well, since out of death comes life, what we’re seeing in our times may actually be necessary for renewal.