Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - August 31

It is monumentally important to realize that there is no absolute certainty concerning God, the biblical text, the self, or the world, but degrees of knowing – more about this or that – less about that or this. When such a discovery takes place, shock therapy can set in. What to do and who to be might leave one in a quandary. No more hyper conservative on one side – hyper liberal on the other, since both fail. Then what? Weighing up options and possibilities comes to the fore. Finding the viable middle somewhere is less stifling than embracing polarization, though it often appears to leave one without a voice. Yet a veracity tension in the middle “says more” and is far preferable to the alternatives.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - August 30

A realistic faith is a constant dialogue between the because of and the in spite of. In living a spiritual life, we traverse periods of belief in God that are like the vistas of a changing landscape. Sometimes the viability of the reasons for faith are convincing and firm, while at other times we are clinging to faith with little conviction or strength. We can experience the joy of sufficient answers or the dread of the awareness that many questions are left unresolved. Passing through, as we are, invites us into this tension, which is inescapably connected to life in this world.   


Monday, August 28, 2017

Reflection for the Week - August 28

In addition to Freud’s atheism, there are many others, including Nietzsche, Barthes, and Foucault, who argue that God is a contradiction to life, for the death of the Author, and that the strategic alignments of power interests are out to control knowledge, relationships, and truth. While these thinkers have some salient insights, their wayward conclusions have contributed to the cultural construction and propagation of a cynical, pessimistic, and decentered self. Yet, in the face of such views, the counter-cultural and always avant-garde perspective of Christian promise and hope defies this manufactured status quo. Destroying idols and listening to symbols is one of the keys that unlock living spirituality and possibilities for engaging God. When this takes place we are no longer trapped within a network of self – other power plays that exploit us, but we are embraced by a Divine love without measure, where freedom leads to redemption and transformation. Being loved in this manner supplies us with a re-centered self and an identity that goes far beyond any of our own making.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Musings - August 25

Imagination is a fascinating topic of interest and debate today. The deeply significant issues of the real and the unreal have never been as evident as in our own cultural context. Discerning between fact and fantasy, objectivity and subjectivity in our post-modern setting, means we have to deal with a new blurring of categories, which may threaten older precision crafted paradigms and previously settled ways of thinking. So be it. Engaging the challenges of post-modern thought, for better or worse, calls for a reassessment of our imaginative understanding of God, ourselves, and the world. That which has been assumed to be real or unreal may not be.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - August 24

Life & Death seem to be inextricably woven together,

until Death is no longer a necessary feature of a transformed Life.


Fiction or History in Genesis 1-3?

Claims are made by some that early Genesis is fictional in character, while others contend it is history. What distinction, if any, is to be made between the actual past, a report of the past, and literature (narrative fiction)? If you’re interested in this topic, check out our book From Evolution to Eden, which deals with these types of crucial questions in the context of Genesis 1-3.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - August 23

As difficult as it may be to believe in God, it’s even more difficult to believe that materialism is a plausible explanation for humanity and the cosmos. Materialism is valid, but insufficient to better explain reality. Theism is less insufficient for this, without however being entirely satisfactory.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Reflection for the Week - August 21

Older models of absolute laws governing the universe should be upgraded to the notion of ‘possibilities’ that may unfold in diverse and emergent environments. This newer picture will be useful for breaking down ideologies and utopias of any master narratives, Christian or otherwise, that are assumed to explain it all. There simply are not, nor have there ever been, any such ‘everything’ stories.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

New Book!

… fiction               p      … authors
… history                a      … readers
… meta                     r         … texts    
… narrative                ables    … poetics


Paul Ricoeur was one of the most prolific thinkers of the twentieth century. There have been many books written on Ricoeur’s philosophy, but very little is available on his theological trajectory and its connection to biblical interpretation. Living Hermeneutics aims to fill that lacuna and brings to life the diverse ways in which Ricoeur’s work can contribute to and open up viable possibilities for critiquing both modernist and postmodernist orientations, while offering new theological and hermeneutical directions for understanding the text, the reader, and the world. This book is aimed at a broad student audience, as well as the interested general reader who would like to know more about Ricoeur.