God at 2000

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Borg – Oaklandjobs.co.uk How do your personal experiences your study and your faith perspective influence the way you as an individual see God That was the uestion posed to these seven renowned authors and scholars Representi How do your personal experiences your study and your faith perspective influence the way you as an individual see God That was the uestion posed to these seven renowned authors and scholars Representing a wide variety of faith perspectives Karen Armstrong Diana Eck Seyyed Hossein Nasr Joan Chittister Lawrence Kushner Desmond Tutu and Marcus Borg explore God at eBook è the ways in which their life experiences have shaped their personal understanding of God originally given as lectures at the God at conference in February each presentation has been rewritten for a reading audience Conversation starters based on the uestions asked at the conference itself are included making this an excellent resource for small group study An introduction written by Marcus Borg provides readers with a frame of reference that will help them explore the issues raised in the book and become clear about their own personal understanding of God. SEVEN SPEAKERS FROM A TELEVISION SYMPOSIUMThe Introduction to this 2000 book states “This book is the result of ‘God at 2000’ a nationally televised symposium that took place at Oregon State University in February 2000 It featured seven well known religious thinkers and authors from the three major western religions Karen Armstrong Marcus Borg Joan Chittister Diana Eck Lawrence Kushner Seyyed Hossein Hasr and Desmond Tutu The chapters in this book are not an exact transcript of what was said at ‘God at 2000’ The speakers had the opportunity to revise their talks for publication The book also includes the uestion and response session that followed each lecture a chapter reporting the panel discussion at the end of the event and a concluding epilogue in which we as the editors of this volume share some impressions “‘God at 2000’ had two premises The first is that how we think about God matters Our ideas about God shape our sense of the reality or unreality of God our sense of God’s character and our perception of what life with God is about The second is that how we thnk and talk about God changes over time We refer not simply to how our ideas about God change in the course of our individual journeys How people thought about God in the year 1000 was significantly different from how people think about God in the year 2000 ‘God at 2000’ seeks to describe among other things the changing ways in which we think and talk about God at the beginning of the 21st century”In an essay Marcus Borg states “I am a strong advocate of panentheism with its robust affirmation of both transcendence and immanence There are three compelling reasons First it is intellectually far satisfactory than supernatural theism Second it is biblical as well as orthodox Christianity orthodox because it affirms both the transcendence and immanence of God Third and finally because of the evidence from religious experience I take such experiences very seriously indeed And if God can be experienced then God is in some sense ‘right here’ accessible al around us as well as than right here” Pg 8In the A session Borg replies “I think prayer has many purposes within a non interventionist model I practice intercessory prayer myself for me to refuse to do intercessory prayer because I don’t believe in interventionism would be to claim to know too much I think paranormal healings happen and I think they sometimes happen in response to prayer But I refuse to use interventionism as the explanation just as I refused to use psychosomatic explanations Both explanations claim to know too much” Pg 18 19Diana Eck wonders “What is it in our tradition that gives us the confidence to say we alone know the fulness of God? Where did our religious humility go? Can we really say that we know God completely even from what we know of God in Christ and from our experience of the Holy Spirit? Can we really affirm that ‘our God’ is God in God’s fulness? The ‘inclusivist’ view presumes that everything we encounter in the world of faith can be included under the great wide tent of our own tradition” Pg 35Joan Chittister observes “Not to be able to think about God is only to make God unthinkable; it is not to make God unreal The great spiritual truth I learned over the years is that indeed we cannot think God We can only know God And when we do think God into some single separate stultifying shape it is only a sign that we now run the rick of knowing God less and less” Pg 63 64Karan Armstrong states “when people have applied themselves seriously to the rites and disciplines of religion they have discerned a sacred dimension of existence They have called this transcendence ‘God’ ‘Nirvana’ or ‘Brahman’ The traditions all insist that we can never define this transcendence It is ineffable and indescribable It cannot be confined within any doctrinal system But because men and women have learned to discern this sacred dimension of existence it is germane to our humanity and part of our human experience” Pg 104In the A session she says “I am not at the moment able to pray I have such bad memories of all those years when I tried and failed I feel tired and exhausted at the thought of speaking to God That may change because my life has changed so much In the uest one is always seeking always moving on” Pg 112Desmond Tutu observes “The divine can erupt anywhere and be mediated by anyone or anything Each person is indeed a God carrier Even the unlovely and repellent can be sites of the divine because Jesus said ‘Just as you did it to one of the least of these you did it to me’ Wonderfully most of the servants of this God were not paragons of virtue They were flawed They carry this treasure in earthenware vessels for the transcendent glory belongs only to God” Pg 130Borg summarizes “Three shared conclusions emerged The first is what I would call a mystical understanding of God The second shared conclusion Religious traditions are pointers to the sacred Our third shared conclusion The central ethical value flowing from this way of thinking about God is compassion” Pg 159This was an excellent selection of panelists and this book will be of great interest for liberalprogressive thinkers about religion I started this book put it down for some reason and picked it back up several months later My second attempt found me wondering just why I had failed to finish the book A couple of the authors speakers at the conference from which this book comes left me unimpressed though so I didn't finish their chapters However after deciding that I wanted to complete what I had started I found that one of them was actually excellent The other had some good points also I would certainly recommend this book for anyone wanting to come to a better understanding of whowhat they believe God to be This book exceeded my expectations Normally when a book is composed of short articles by different authors I am not impressed with the book This is the exceptionThis is a strong book written from different religions and different perspectives but there are many points that they have in commonThe epilogue is worth reading aloneJ Robert Ewbank author John Wesley Natural Man and the 'Isms' Some good thoughts on the evolution of mainline theology Will probably return to it later but not good enough to hold my attention through the end The talks by the various participants from the Abrahamic religions provide interesting insights into how those with a inclusive viewpoint view divinity and religion

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  • Hardcover
  • God at 2000
  • Marcus J. Borg
  • English
  • 09 August 2014
  • 9780819218582