Christ Carrying the Cross

Christ Carrying the Cross

Saturday, 12 November 2011

To Speak of G-d

Who--or what--do we speak of when we speak of God?  Can we?  Christian orthodoxy has for the past two thousand years tried to maintain a bizarre balancing act between paradoxical extremes.  God is immanent; God is transcendent.  God is three; God is one.  The doctrine of the Incarnation posits the "Word made flesh" (John 1:14), the God who is both fully human and fully divine.  The mistake in reading these statements would be to assume that because God is said to be both/and, we must find God in the middle, at the fulcrum on which this 'divine see-saw' balances.  To affirm the radicality of the both/and God is find God's full expression both in the maximum and the minimum, the near and the far.  I suppose in Whiteheadian terms we could say that God is found simultaneously in the smallest quark and the fullest expanse of the cosmos, not reduced to either the former or the latter but containing them, influencing them and being influenced by them in equal measure.  Now how could I possibly contain this in/finite (ha, stealing from theopoetics) God into any human knowledge or language?

As God says to Moses in Exodus: Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh/I shall be wheresoever I shall be

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