Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - February 28

Barriers to belief in God may plague us throughout our lives. Forgone solutions and conclusions will only increase our difficulties, instead of resolving them. After all, our access to the possible world of Eden is beyond reach and we are hampered by a real world inability to get outside of ourselves in order to have an ultimate vantage point that will put all the pieces in place. Since this is true, we are likely to experience times of struggle and questioning, which occur on different levels, but choosing an alternative of automatic pilot spirituality or a rationalistic apologetic where everything makes sense is a foil. There is no such thing. Thus, as we ramble through our days, sometimes villains or sometimes disciples, we don’t want to give in to the pressures of unbelief, as powerful as they may appear to be, for the roadblocks on the path can turn into signposts that point in the direction that belief in God is warranted and sensible in the midst of this wild, wonderful, and complex world.      


Monday, February 26, 2018

Reflection for the Week - February 26

Dialogue animates and breathes life into ideas, which tend to stagnate into oblivion when reduced to monologue. If we take a dialogical trajectory in our thinking, we will begin to develop formulations that yield a greater credibility. This is so because we are working with a broader sphere of possibilities that combine to offer a surplus of meaning. And reality is like that – breathtaking and overflowing with meaning – which is not entirely captureable, nor however, is it anything we make it out to be.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday Musings - February 23

If spirituality can mean anything, it means nothing. Of course there are plenty of sources of spiritual non-sense around, but so much today that is passed off as spiritual is coming out of Christian impoverishment. Woe! Authoritarian hypocrisy wielded by those in power steps on the stage and seeks to control people through performance, superficiality, and manipulation. Many are having none of it, others are fed up. Can’t say I blame ‘em. Redrawing the boundaries for the meaning of ‘spiritual’ is a crucial task for our understanding of living spirituality.


An Important Work!

 This is an innovative and enriching book. While not all will agree with Delio, Christ in Evolution offers a creative proposal of how to begin to integrate evolution and theology. How does evolution impact the theological enterprise? In other words, if evolution is true, which in her view is the case, how does this affect theology? According to Delio, Christianity can no longer ignore or set aside these types of questions. In fact, she argues, addressing them is central to an active and robust faith.



Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - February 22

Ethics as expressed in the economy of exchange can never be an end in and of itself. Love, grace, and mercy go beyond an ethical right and wrong, without effacing it. Thus, following in the footsteps of Christ will be relationally challenging and risky. We may not receive as much as we give, since the journey on this path is traced in and marked out by the economy of gift, which opens up new ways of being, seeing, and living.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - February 21

We live and die in the midst of brokenness and beauty. They both engage us deeply with an insightful truth: life is like this. Our world and our lives, as it were, are cut in two.

This tension permeates creation and us as part of it. Looking outside and then inside reminds us that this is the way it is. Sometimes there’s lament and sometimes there’s praise, yet both are woven together. One never effaces the other. Faced with this reality, we long for transformation and the gift of resolution, where brokenness is absolved and beauty alone remains.  


Monday, February 19, 2018

Reflection for the Week - February 19

Rethinking how little we really know should bring us to the recognition that we ought to be cautious about what we defend, and open about what we still need to explore.


Adam & Eve? Talking Serpents & Magic Trees?

Many argue that there is either contradiction or complementarity in Genesis 1-2:3 and 2:4&3. Our take in From Evolution to Eden.Making Sense of Early Genesis
is that neither of these arguments applies. In our view, it’s likely that these are separate founding stories of beginnings that point to God and give a raison d’être for national Israel. The editor, who at some point put them together, didn’t see fit to rearrange or smooth out the “narratives.” We suggest that the two very different stories are purposefully left in tension and both remain avant-garde in their own ways right up to today. 


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - February 15

Misrecognizing that there will always be a relation and distinction between self and other leads to inappropriate ways of connecting that both demand too much, and expect too little. Self and other deserve to be ‘mutually recognized’ as having worth and value, which is to result in developing a finely tuned dialogical interaction between them. But when self or other is the sole referent for life or no referent at all – each becomes artificially constituted in a double misrecognition – neither should be perceived in such roles. Since it is always tempting to ignore the complex tension of relation and distinction it will be ‘hard work’ to avoid false characterizations of who we are and thus to reject the liabilities of forcing self to be other or other to be self.  Yet, work it out we must, though as we do so let it be in a careful and compassionate manner, delicately balanced on the tight rope of trust and suspicion.