Speculative Theology

It has become immensely cool to search for God, but you better not find him.

Speculation sells revelation is stale.

After 9/11 Oprah went on TV and basically said that it does not matter what you believe in, just believe in it extra hard right now and ask for help.  It was like saying it does not matter what number you dial for help just dial earnestly.

(this is Oprah promoting her nationwide discipleship class about speculating for meaning and the divine)

We have become a culture which thinks it is more important to dial earnestly then to dial the right number.  Or maybe it does not even matter if God answers, after all it is really about the journey…

But what happens when paradox and mystery become exasperating and senseless?  Well read a new philosopher or religious futurist for a fresh take or path.  Just remember that it is not about answers, it is  about endless grasping and groping for what you should never be able to grab.  It is like fishing in a lake with no fish.

The ironic part is the mandate to remain speculative is absolute.  To deviate from the path of spiritual speculation is blasphemous.  The rule to continue  speculating is the only thing  we must not  remain in mystery about.

So what is our hope?  What is our alternative?  I will get to that next time.

ryan

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2 Responses

  1. “We have become a culture which thinks it is more important to dial earnestly then to dial the right number.”

    Do you think this applies only to religion? I would argue it is true in just about every aspect of our society, as well as every issue too.

  2. I think sports might be the one area where this does not hold true. Maybe that is why sports remain so popular in America, because they connect with that need we have for things to be clear and true. And lets leave MLB out of this example.

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