A Brief Commentary on the Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed is the most widely accepted summation of Christian faith in the world. It was adopted, rejected, revised and finally adopted again by the majority of Christian leaders (bishops) in the 300s amidst a great deal of political infighting (some [...]

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Is God a Delusion?

[First written in 2007] Part I: On Dawkins’s The God Delusion* Richard Dawkins finds belief in God harmful. Given what he means by “God” and “belief,” he could be right. To his credit, he does seem to be talking about popular and [...]

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Naming What Keeps Me Going

  In every moment we can awaken to a transformative, interpersonal-like communion with the uniquely all-inclusive way of newly interacting. We can rightfully name this communion as communion with God, without forbidding other namings. And even when life’s occurrences devastate us, we [...]

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Should We Stop Offering Wholeness?

“Most of the actually existing church acts as a type of drug den with the leaders being like the nicest, most sincere drug dealers. What we pay for are songs, sermons, and prayers that help us avoid our suffering rather than work [...]

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Triune God: Boundlessly Self-Differentiating Communion

In my version of process thought, the uniquely all-inclusive way of newly interacting (God) can just as easily be described as boundlessly self-differentiating communion. As boundless, God is the version of this communion “than which a greater cannot be conceived,” as St. [...]

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Jesus Follower?

Actually, I tend to cringe at the phrase, “Jesus follower.” I often hear Christians use that phrase to shirk responsibility for all the detestable baggage that Christianity has dumped on the world. They don't seem to realize that quite a bit of [...]

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Process Theism & Deconstruction

Deconstruction may not be for everyone, but I find John Caputo’s writing on “God, perhaps” delightfully seductive. And I find it largely congruent with process thought. Indeed, it’s well documented that he and process theologian Catherine Keller seem to belong to a [...]

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Process Theism & Zizek’s Dialectical Materialism

Slavoj Zizek’s dialectical materialism is derived, he claims, from our experience of “the occurrence of an insurmountable parallax gap, the confrontation of two closely linked perspectives between which no neutral common ground is possible” (4). It asserts “the inherent ‘tension’, gap, noncoincidence, [...]

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Credal Meditation

Instead of simply reciting the Apostles’ or Nicene Creeds, GraceUnlimited offers this credal meditation at its Common Worship service. (Here’s the service leaflet.) We open ourselves, inquisitively, to the teachings of the ancient creeds: —that we and all others are beloved offspring [...]

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