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malcolm chamberlain

musings about the emerging church, mission and contemporary culture...

God is at large, intimately involved in his world in ways that the church is maybe just waking up to!

shifting paradigms, changing faith

Friday, September 07, 2007

'This' is a wonderfully honest and challenging post from David Hayward, which resonates with some of the ideas that Pete Rollins and the Ikon community are wrestling with. An example of David's shifting paradigm...

"Since the mind incessantly manufactures the god it wants to worship, then I am hopelessly idolatrous. As soon as my mind conceives of God, that is not God. There is something beyond which the mind cannot conceive."

This realisation can be both unsettling (since to recognise it is to lose any sense of control) and liberating. In relinquishing our certainty that the god we conceive of is God, we are led into the possibility of a deeper engagement with the God we cannot possibly fully know.

Read David's honest reflections for yourself...

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posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 10:34 AM


C.S. Lewis wrestled with this kind of question in "Prayer: Letters to Malcolm" i.e. how do we know the "bright blur" we aim our prayers at is the one true God, and not some artifact we have created?

commented by Anonymous Richard L, 2:52 PM  

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