Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - November 22

Encountering the infinite mystery of another human being is a sacramental invitation and a sacred adventure towards convergence.

This coming alongside or 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, November 20, 2017

Reflection for the Week - November 19

Engaging a post-trust culture means meeting people where they are in their suspicions and re-directing them to an ontology of revised trust. Arrogant appeals made to institutions, politics, churches, or texts no longer has traction, whereas personal encounter and investment carry significant weight. Sacrificing time and energy should be a mark of Christian love and charity towards others. Hammering out together the validity, or lack thereof, concerning plausible explanations of reality has to take place one step at a time. There are no fast and easy solutions to complex issues. Starting with being human and living in the world is as good a place as any to begin the journey.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Musings - November 17

The hyper focus on reality today as merely material is reductionistic. Materialism is unable to give a sufficient explanation of several characteristics of life in the world, including justice and love.

When our human limitations are pushed to the boundaries of existence, we ought to confess that we need more than only a material world can offer. Reality, both beautiful and daunting, has a spiritual dimension that is akin to, yet goes beyond what we observe, reason through, feel, or experience.   


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - November 16

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 this 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 evolution 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 or 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.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Living Reflections. Theology, Philosophy, and Hermeneutics

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Reflection for the Week - November 13

In our book From Evolution to Eden, we refer to the publicized image of “science as a candle in the dark.” We contend that, in some sense, this picture has a ring of truth. New research is uncovering interesting things about nature and humans as part of it - de-crypting DNA and now making tremendous progress in doing the same with the human brain are going to be monumental. Building off this, we get a better vision of what’s happening now.

That is, the “light” of the natural sciences can no longer be considered separately from that of the human sciences, including theology. To a greater and greater degree – they have to be in dialogue with each other. The days when the natural sciences were thought to be only about material, measurement, and mechanism are over. It’s not that natural science is not about those dimensions, but it is now about much more and because of this the human sciences have to pay attention (notice I didn’t write and agree with it all). Thus, let’s face it, some of our theology, for example, will have to be established from outside the biblical text. Once DNA and the brain took a central place on the scientific stage, we entered new territory, which has serious implications for our understanding of God, spirituality, and the whole of life.