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Book Discussion: God and the Cosmos: Divine Activity In space, Time and History by Harry Lee Poe & Jimmy H. Davis
This book is exploring two overall questions
Book Q1: What Kind of God Interacts with the world? (this month’s discussion)
Book Q2: What Kind of World Allows God to Interact?
Colossians 1:16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
The Bible provides many models for describing and relating to God. The traditionally and currently most popular in Christian theology is the model of a king. God has decreed certain things man from the beginning of time. Both the theological and scientific points of view have been trying to understand these decrees or laws of God. This section of our book looks at the historical theories from the philosophical, theological and scientific points of view.
Page 100: “A theological system is never more than a human constructed model of God.”
Q1: Since we are emerging from our Christian traditions and developing a new style of Christian community, is our emergence a reaction to the fruit of traditional theological perspective or are we embracing new theories or points of view?
Page 98: When God’s involvement with the world no longer fit the model, society did not say, “Our model must be wrong.” Instead, the intellectual stream concluded that God is not involved with anything that science can describe. This situation illustrates a problem with models in all fields when people forget that models are only models.
Q2: Orthodox Christianity does not incorporate pantheism (God is all). If science and society describe a natural process, does this remove the decrees and operations of God and limit Him to supernatural processes only? (ex. If we call a flood and a tornado and act of God should we not also call the day to day operations and organization of a city government an act of God?)
Page 118: In dealing with the problem of suffering, Ian Barbour has argued that “by accepting the limitations of the divine power we avoid blaming God for particular form of evil and suffering.” This approach to deity certainly gets God off the hook, but it also denies God any credit for the development of the universe and the human race.
In many ways Process theology represents an elaborate form of God-of-the-gaps reasoning. Process theologians have found a place for God where he will not get in the way.
Q3: What is you take on suffering and evil. Do you think God create it, tolerates it or uses it as a part of His plan.
Q4: What do you think of Christian religion relationship towards the suffering of humans in the world? What do you think of the explanations for suffering and the solutions it proposes to alleviate suffering? What are your expectations for our emergent community concerning the subject of human suffering?
Page 131: Quantum theory in particular has raised metaphysical questions that suggest that all of physical reality and the world of phenomena is an illusion, especially when viewed from a Hindu or Buddhist point of view.
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Page 132: Any Activity of God in the physical world that can be observed can necessarily be described according to the categories of nature. Does this make divine activity and natural laws mutually exclusive?
Page 132: Was Jesus fully man or fully God?
In observing the location of a particle, we lose the sense of its velocity, and when we observe the velocity of a particle, we lose the sense of its location. Even so, in looking for the immanence of God we lose God’s transcendence, and in looking for the transcendence of God we lose God’s immanence. ~ God and the Cosmos by H.L. Poe & J.H. Davis
Edited by Larry Branch on Jan 8, 2013 11:14 PM