Experiments in Theology

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This blog continues to be my attempt to conduct theological thought experiments — that is, relocating “God” from ‘out there’ to ‘in here.’ The theist Supreme Being ‘up there’ does not fit modern cosmology. Yeshua (Jesus) relocated God’s presence (Kingdom of God) within us. We have been slow to catch on. John Caputo writes,

God does not exist; God insists. God is neither presence nor absence but insistence. God does not subsist; God insists. God insists with the insistence of a call, like a very holy ghost calling for justice, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, hospitality, love, the year of the Jubilee in a time we cannot calculate but for which we pray and weep.

What are the implications of this understanding for who and how we are in the world? Re-claiming teachings from Yeshua ben Yosef and re-thinking formulations about his role in the life of the Christian — Elizabeth Boyden Howes and Walter Wink have helped me understand what Yeshua* must have meant when he used the term “the Son of Man” [the Human Being or Wisdom’s Child] as the only title he was willing to have applied to him. The church has overlaid that self-designation with “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, who takes away the sins of the world.” [It Spooks, p. 31f]  What are the implications of this understanding for who and how we are in the world?

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