Cultured God

Jenson makes the remarkable claim that God is Himself culture (in a contribution to God, Truth, and Witness: Engaging Stanley Hauerwas, 160-1):“What it is to be God is given in the Father’s eternal begetting of the Son and enlivening through the Spirit, in the Spirit’s eternal . . . . Continue Reading »

My computer, my friend

Annalee Newitz explains why she loved her computer in her essay in Evocative Objects: Things We Think With: “I would recognize the feel of itskeyboard under my fingers in a darkened room. I haveworn two shiny spots on it where the palms of my handsrest when Im not typing. I carried it on my . . . . Continue Reading »

Trinitarian covenant

Isaiah 59 ends with Yahweh’s pledge of covenant faithfulness (v. 21). “This is my covenant with them.” What is that covenant?Two things: Spirit and words. Yahweh’s Spirit is “upon you” (cf. Isaiah 11:2; 42:1) His words are “in your mouth.”Spirit and . . . . Continue Reading »

Art of Thought

The Hebrew Bible speaks of “thought,” but by that it rarely means what we think of as “abstract” or “pure” thought. Ancient Hebrews gave thought to things in order to set their purposes and develop their plans. Thought was forward-looking, oriented to practical . . . . Continue Reading »

Francis on Islam

In the midst of many wonderful things in Francis I’s exhortation, there are some missteps. One of these comes towards the end in his pastoral advice concerning Islam. I don’t object to his exhortations to Christians to treat Muslims with dignity and love. He’s undoubtedly right . . . . Continue Reading »

Receptive giver

Discussing the filioque, Coakley ( God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’ , 332-3) argues that the only Sonship in the Trinity is the one “sourced” by the Father in the Spirit . This formulation reinforces the mutually constituting character of the Persons: . . . . Continue Reading »

God, Sexuality, Self

Sarah Coakley does some very interesting things in God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’ , the first volume of a proposed four-volume systematics. She “risks” writing for a general Christian audience, and her readable, even entertaining book shows that it . . . . Continue Reading »