What Schubert Ogden Taught Me

Schubert Ogden taught me this: Some resort to God-talk so that life can have meaning in the face of all setbacks. Others (like Ogden) resort to God-talk to articulate their continuing discovery that life somehow does have meaning in the face of [...]

By |2020-09-22T13:27:01+00:00September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on What Schubert Ogden Taught Me

The Shared Creativity Response to the Problem of Evil

General observation: The problem of evil is often presented as a theoretical problem (whether “logical” or “evidential”) for theists (those who affirm the reality of God). But there is a theoretical problem of evil only where there is a consensus on exactly [...]

By |2020-09-24T10:04:23+00:00September 6th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on The Shared Creativity Response to the Problem of Evil

A Discussion Starter on Faith

What is Faith? Here are two answers I’ve heard: 1. Faith is believing what you’ve been told, period. (“X says it. I believe it. That settles it.” For “X” you can substitute “the Bible,” “the Nicene Creed,” “the Pope,” “the Prophet in [...]

By |2020-09-03T12:54:18+00:00September 1st, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on A Discussion Starter on Faith

God: All-Enlivening, All-Sustaining, All-Embracing—Not All-Controlling

For me, to believe in God is to awaken to reality as such as intimately all-enlivening, all-sustaining and all-embracing, enlivening not just me but all things, sustaining not just me but all things for as long as they continue, and embracing not [...]

By |2020-09-05T11:09:46+00:00August 29th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on God: All-Enlivening, All-Sustaining, All-Embracing—Not All-Controlling

St. Paul on the Problem of Evil

[I wrote an earlier version of this, “Groaning Towards Compassion,” in 2005. It’s helpful to know that when I first wrote this I was experiencing a level of grief more intense than any I have suffered beforehand or afterwards—so far. What I [...]

By |2020-09-21T16:53:39+00:00August 23rd, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on St. Paul on the Problem of Evil

Sex Is Divine—Act Accordingly

“My beloved thrust his hand into the opening, and my insides ached for him. I arose to open to my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, upon the handles of the bolt” (Song of Solomon/Song of Songs [...]

By |2020-07-30T10:51:52+00:00July 5th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Sex Is Divine—Act Accordingly

Centering/Decentering Prayer

Here’s a spiritual practice I commend. It’s very indebted to a popular practice known as centering prayer. But I find the word “centering” somewhat misleading. It seems to me that my Christian faith teaches that to center on God, or on Jesus, [...]

By |2020-08-14T13:18:48+00:00July 4th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Centering/Decentering Prayer

Being Right Here: How “God” Is Like a Pronoun and Why That Matters

“God” isn’t exactly a pronoun, but like pronouns, the word has often functioned, at least partly, as an “indexical” term: “Indexicals are linguistic expressions whose reference shifts from context to context: some paradigm examples are ‘I’, ‘here’, ‘now’, ‘today’, ‘he’, ‘she’, and [...]

By |2020-07-18T10:30:07+00:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Being Right Here: How “God” Is Like a Pronoun and Why That Matters

Gordon Kaufman’s “Creativity” & Process Theism

[This is for a course where some of Gordon Kaufman’s works have been assigned.] Gordon Kaufman eventually came to identify God “as the creativity manifest throughout the cosmos”—In the Beginning … Creativity (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004), p. 48. This certainly converges with [...]

By |2020-06-28T11:04:02+00:00June 20th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Gordon Kaufman’s “Creativity” & Process Theism

Speaking of God with Good Reason

I speak of God  with good reason when I awaken trustfully to manifestations of an ongoing dialogical relationship involving the uniquely all-inclusive reality* (God**) with all less inclusive realities.  These manifestations are moments of varying intensity where this dialogical relationship seems inescapably [...]

By |2020-09-05T10:57:12+00:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Speaking of God with Good Reason