Allen reviews The Openness of God, though review is a strong word

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This was a fascinating read. The authors attempt to make a clear distinction between a biblical portrayal of God’s relationship with the world and the influence of Greek philosophy upon Christian theology, specifically in regard to God’s experience of things like time, change, emotion, and knowledge.

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Speaking of God

A word is dead when it’s been said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.

-Emily Dickinson

This was an emotional creation. I usually disl...

In nearly every instance, speaking of God requires the use of metaphor.  We don’t have a whole lot of experience with transcendent beings, so we’re left with comparing God to what we do know and experience. Read more “Speaking of God”

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A Huge God Small Enough For A Grave

All we are is dust in the wind, dude… dust, wind, dude.

– Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Small Graves

 

An early Christian went to ancient Athens and told a story.

The Greeks in Athens were well known for their philosophers and their habits of thinking, talking, thinking some more, and then talking some more, so they happily listened to the newcomer.  He had been mixing with the Epicureans and Stoics earlier, so maybe he had something interesting to say. Read more “A Huge God Small Enough For A Grave”

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The Baby-Makin’, Prone-to-Evil, “Other” Gender: Woman.

When I set out to write this I didn’t think that it would be relevant for some of you.  I had thought that unless you grew up in the type of town, place, and community as I did, or went to my church or attended my school… that these things I’m thinking through would look weird, or archaic, or inapplicable.  But that simply isn’t true.   We children of Western culture and our ideas about womanhood are largely shaped by the very same streams of philosophy and theology that  precede us.

And what we collectively think about Woman shows up in things like our current 77.4 cents to every dollar wage gap between the genders.  Women are generally paid less, even when their education rates are generally higher. Why? Read more “The Baby-Makin’, Prone-to-Evil, “Other” Gender: Woman.”

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