By Catherine Keller
With speedy influence and deep creativity, Catherine Keller bargains this short and unconventional creation to theological considering, particularly as recast via technique suggestion. Keller right here takes up theology itself as a quest for non secular authenticity.
Through a fabulous blend of very good writing, tale, mirrored image, and unabashed wondering of outdated shibboleths, Keller redeems theology from its dry and predictable different types to bare what has continually been on the center of the theological company: a private look for intellectually sincere and credible methods of creating experience of the loving secret that encompasses even our confounding occasions.
1. fact as approach: The Shrug and the Shibboleth
2. Revelation as strategy: conversing the Unspeakable
3. construction as procedure: 'Be This Fish'
4. energy as approach: Omnipotence or Vulnerability?
5. Christ as strategy: Inviting Passion
6. Agape as procedure: simply Love
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But what if that sort of changeless stasis is not even what God—let alone the creation—means? What if “God” did not first and need not now mean some super-entity up there in an abstract heaven, invulnerably transcendent of time and its trials? Scripture has no such notion. Its metaphors suggest a transcendence of qualitative difference but not of dispassionate immutability. But, of course, the Bible virtually never gives any abstract definition of God. One of the (two) times it seems to, it announces: “God is love” (1 John 4:16).
Yes, we sure get trapped in that either/or,” I replied, willing my tone to convey respect. I glanced down to collect my thought. “But those aren’t the only alternatives. ” As I looked up, ready to share this friendly revelation—to my shock he had simply vanished. Without any gesture of farewell, he had spun and rushed to get in line. Boarding had just been announced. I spotted him already camouflaged among the passengers, gaze pointedly forward. He really wanted out of this conversation. He really did not want to hear of any third way.
Even to say “God is a mystery” seems to give away the mystery. Like skipping to the end of a book. We bring so much baggage to the concept of “God” that we can hardly move, let alone undertake a journey. Whether we “believe in God” or not—most of us are already loaded down with presumptions about divinity. Theists and atheists more often than not share the same smug concept of God. For example, they presume that what we call God is omnipotent and good, that He proved his love by sending His only Son to die for us … Can we stop right there?