Is Theism the Only Way?

30 01 2008

The fascination with “finding a new way” to do Christianity or relate to God is really not something new. The following is an example of the sort of folly that is praised in many circles toady.  

  • “God can no longer be understood with credibility as a Being supernatural in power, dwelling above the sky and prepared to invade human history periodically to enforce the divine will. So most theological God talk is today meaningless unless a new way to speak of God is found…. 
  • God has become a shaky hypothesis without any real work to do. God no longer sends the weather, heals the sick, fights our wars, or protects us from peril. There is little need for an unemployed deity in our world and so this deity is increasingly ignored. Theism ultimately gives way to atheism…. 
  • But is theism the only way to understand God? I do not think so. Throughout western history a subterranean minority voice has always been part of Christianity which has never spoken of God in supernatural or theistic terms, as a superparent, or a divine Mr. Fix-it. That tradition is called mysticism…. 
  • This mystical understanding of God calls its adherents out of childishness into a radical new maturity. It manifests itself in a human willingness to accept responsibility for our own actions, to see ourselves as lives through which the power of the divine can enter and shape human history….” 

So… how would you answer someone whose great insight is that the scriptural understanding of God is inadequate?  

By the way, the quoted passages are from a nationally known and critically praised Christian leader.  

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14 04 2008
lisaoflongbourn

The Fall in Genesis involves the serpent doubting whether God actually said, and if it actually meant that, and if in that case it would actually happen as He said.

It’s a totally different religion, though. I believe the God as revealed in the Bible. That’s whence my theology comes. If they say that God is other than what the Bible says, then they must believe the Bible is at most insufficient and at worst inaccurate or irrelevant. But that is just what they’re saying. So I guess I would approach this hypothetical person by asking them where they get any of their information about God, and how they know it is valid. They won’t be able to give a satisfactory, plausible, and consistent answer to that question.

Then show how the Bible is plausible, satisfactory, consistent, and effective. But remember that only God changes hearts.
To God be all glory,
Lisa of Longbourn

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