Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Living Spiritual Rhythms - November 30

Never before have humans been in a position to know so much, yet to know so little about how much there is still to be known, which seems so vast and somewhat unpredictable. Science has surely played a significant role in informing us for centuries. Nowadays, scientific advances are monumental. Just think of genomics and the neurosciences. I don’t mean to say that science always gets it right. Nevertheless, when it gets it wrong, it tends to be at least somewhat self-correcting. In addition to science, many suggest that the biblical text has also contributed in major ways to informing us. Its centrality has a long tradition and the history of interpretation through the OT to the NT flows out to us today. But what more than ever has to be addressed is the stature of this text as the center piece of Christian belief. Thus, when it comes to the biblical text, reliability and authority are weighty and vital issues that pertain to the ‘status’ of the text. It is not viable to comment, as some do, ‘well, the Bible says,’ because this assumption of expertise actually presupposes the validity of the very text that’s in question. Sometimes there’s not much self-correcting going on here. Furthermore, behind this text and the crucial matter of its standing is the primary and inescapable question about the God it refers to. Unless Christians are willing to dig deep and come up with something plausible concerning the value and place of the biblical text and its God, the legitimacy of the former will surely fade, while the credibility of the latter could also diminish in a substantial manner.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Reflection for the Week - November 28

In contrast to the pervasive and impoverished mantra of living in a disenchanted world, imaginative variations of poetry and art raise the screen and open us up to the possibility of re-enchantment. Ironically, or better perhaps strikingly, poetry and narrative art dominate the landscape of the biblical text. The story is so full that the meaning of its words could never be entirely contained in-between the covers of a book. This beautiful, yet fragile treasure and its capacity for creativity and critique in describing God, humans, and the world, gives us living formulations that re-ignite a sphere of the sacred and a space for the spiritual, which are all too often today buried under the technological revolution of a de-natured naturalism.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Genes & Genesis - November 27

It appears that genomes are not pictures of the status quo, but dynamic structures of possibility and change. Genomics has had a massive influence on discussions about evolution, so much so that it could almost alone testify to its veracity. What this data means for the interpretation of Genesis 1-3 is explosive. Check out From Evolution to Eden. Making Sense of Early Genesis.


Friday, November 25, 2016

Deuxième florilège - les Alpes Suisse


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Un florilège - from - les Alpes Suisse.

Un florilège - from - les Alpes Suisse. Cows anxiously awaiting us. This fox looks well fed. Tried to steal our picnic, but didn't get it.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thoughts - November 23

We can often tend to put far too much weight on knowing and being a knower. While this is fitting to some degree, the over-emphasis is a major plague, and expresses itself in several ways including: reductionism, hiddeness, and falsification. Other perspectives are necessary. My proposal, for one of these, is that to have knowledge is to ‘be known.’ Being known carries significant power for knowing and therefore without this ‘knowness’ our knowledge will surely be greatly impoverished. The more one attempts to be a knower with a single focus trajectory of knowing, the further one is away from the actuality of knowledge.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Living Spiritual Rhythms - November 22

Luke’s Acts is neither epic, nor a straight telling of history. Rather, it is a story of beginnings and functions as a ‘founding narrative’ for the unfolding drama of the Christian faith, which in Luke’s context was moving towards credibility. Thus, in his re-counting, the reality of a religious movement became narrativized for the first time. This re-telling is deeply engraved with complexity and mysteriously forged by extravagance, and the multiple informers in the story present significant challenges for readers, taking us to the limits of imagination. In fact, this author’s founding narrative sets out a theological, historical, and literary redescription of the world in a quite unique and controversial manner when read in dialogue with other Greco-Roman portrayals of the times.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Reflection for the Week - November 21

The “all’s” or “nothing’s” (like: we have total or no control of our lives) are illusions. Both require deep levels of pretending. We demand it all, and when we don’t get it, we embrace nothing. When tenacious attempts to have closure and completeness fail, we fall again and again into the void. Yet, and the point is, we’re just not the kinds of selves that can attain or be resigned to either of these fantasies. What is true and full of life is most frequently found somewhere in the middle, not on an extreme or pole. Thus, figuring things out is far from a done deal. Admitting this puts us in a position where the real work begins concerning how to be and how to live in a complex world.