By Daniel C. Maguire
Argues that Christianity doesn't require its supernatural aspects.
Christianity with out an all-powerful god, with out a divine savior, with no an afterlife? during this daring and hopeful e-book, theologian Daniel C. Maguire writes that conventional, supernatural points of Christianity could be comforting, yet are more and more questionable. A century of scholarly examine has no longer been supportive of the dogmatic triad of non-public god, incarnate savior, and lifestyles after loss of life. Demonstrating that those ideals have questionable roots in old traditions, Maguire argues for a go back to that wonderful and innovative ethical epic of the Hebrew and Christian Bible. Rescued from god, Christianity can supply a pragmatic international ethic to heal a planet sinking below the consequences of our ungrateful mismanagement.
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There are ideas there that should require no passport to enter an open mind. The Abstract and Neutered God Solution Theologian John F. Haught tries with great subtlety to redesign the known-but-unknown God problem. He recognizes that if we personalize god and give him or her gender, anthropomorphism is the winner and the transcendent “God” is no more. He accepts the tradition that says “God” is “unavailable, “unverifiable,” “hidden,” and he refers to the “scandal” of divine hiddenness. ” His book is entitled not who but What Is God.
5 Gender, however, was very unstable with the gods. The Mother Goddess was dethroned. And when the goddesses fell, the status of women generally fell with them. “Around 1500 bce there were hundreds of goddess-based sects enveloping the Mediterranean basin. By the fifth century ce they had been almost completely eradicated, by which time women were also prohibited from conducting a single major Western sacrament. . ”6 God-talk is never unrelated to the facts on the ground, the political and economic facts.
The same can be said of Gordon D. ” Kaufman, like Haught, admits the theist’s known/unknown dilemma. ” Once again we have neutering and another flight from personalized god-talk. By moving from personalized godtalk to “the metaphor of creativity,” Kaufman notes that it brings us into closer conversation with Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian views of reality. Since those views are, in the main, nontheistic, Kaufman’s approach does seem to be sliding directly onto the path to a nontheistic Christianity.