Experience, the Immeasurable, & God

You've been fairly warned by the title that I'm going to be saying something about God, and what I take to be shareable experiences of God. (Here are some noteworthy examples to which I’ll refer several times.) But first I'm going to [...]

By |2020-11-24T09:22:31+00:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Experience, the Immeasurable, & God

What Does the Bible Say about Itself?

What Does the Bible Say about Itself? Strictly speaking, nothing. The Bible we now have contains no statements about “the Bible.” When the texts we now have were written, the contents of the Bible (the “canon”) were still being debated by both [...]

By |2020-11-21T12:55:23+00:00November 21st, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on What Does the Bible Say about Itself?

God Is Like/UNLIKE Any Other

Isaiah 44:6-8 Most scholars have concluded that this section of the book of Isaiah (called “Second Isaiah,” written decades after the first section) is one of the earliest suggestions of what we now call monotheism: “besides me there is no god,” says [...]

By |2020-11-02T10:10:56+00:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on God Is Like/UNLIKE Any Other

Beyond Our Echo Chambers?

This is a sermon I preached at Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, in 2017. We are still wrestling with this dilemma: “One person's breaking news is another's fake news. For every fact you trust, somebody else trusts ‘alternative facts’ ... Is there any [...]

By |2020-10-27T11:07:46+00:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Beyond Our Echo Chambers?

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 |2020-10-28T10:20:46+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