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, [...]

By |2019-08-12T11:50:20+00:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Process Theism & Zizek’s Dialectical Materialism

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 [...]

By |2019-07-11T16:21:25+00:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Credal Meditation

Awakening Trustfully to All That Is Involved in Being Here: One Form of Christian God-Talk

For me and those spiritual leaders I most respect, faith, first and foremost, is awakening trustfully to all that is involved in being here. When I follow through with this as thoroughly and consistently as I can, it becomes one kind of [...]

By |2019-09-02T11:12:06+00:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Awakening Trustfully to All That Is Involved in Being Here: One Form of Christian God-Talk

A Prayer for Final Exams

Ever-Present Wisdom, in times of examination inspire our minds to respond truly and fully. Grant us courage to receive others’ judgments gracefully and creatively. And keep us ever mindful that nothing can separate us from the love your enfleshed life among us [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:38:25+00:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on A Prayer for Final Exams

Pyre: God in Process

[This is for a group discussion on process theology at Pyre, a young adult collective supported by GraceUnlimited. There’s a more long-winded discussion here.] In one sentence, what is process thought? Reality constantly engages us as a boundless ensemble of ways of [...]

By |2019-09-03T12:39:07+00:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Pyre: God in Process

Being Here & God

What if God is the boundless, uncontainablely meaningful,* newly relational** way of being here?*** What if the most important thing God is doing is drawing my bounded way of being here toward uncontainable meaning and new relationality? What if faith in God means [...]

By |2019-06-22T10:38:44+00:00January 20th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Being Here & God

Portrayals of God in the Bible

Overview Sometimes the Bible presents God as a person like you and me, with much more power and knowledge, but not quite omnipotent or omniscient, subject to extreme mood-swings. God might not be the only person like this, but God demands exclusive [...]

By |2019-08-02T10:09:24+00:00January 18th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Portrayals of God in the Bible

God-Talk in an Uncontainable World

Why do people engage in God-talk, in talking about God and to God? There are lots of bad reasons for this that can make people easy to ridicule: "The tornado missed my trailer—too bad about yours." "I prayed and got better—maybe your [...]

By |2019-09-03T12:06:01+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on God-Talk in an Uncontainable World