Our language about God is symbolic, but what do we mean by 'symbolic'?
In the most recent post in this series on Knowing God, I talked about the strange stories in the Scriptures about what it's like for humans to meet God, and how these stories all resort to playful, or even nonsensical, use of language to get across just how much of a jumbled and contradictory paradox … Continue reading Entertaining Angels (An Integral Reading of Genesis 18.1-15)
The past posts in this series on knowing God have insisted on two paradoxical things: First, that our words, concepts, and experiences can never adequately describe God, and second, that God can nonetheless be known. With this in mind, the best word to describe God is probably Mystery. Contrary to what popular literary genres might … Continue reading Mysterious Encounters
I took a break from this series on knowing God over the last couple weeks of Advent and for the season of Christmas. So, I thought that it would be wise to take a step back and see where we've been so far and where we're going. The first few posts in this series focused … Continue reading The God Who Can Be Known
Today, Christians celebrate the great feast of Epiphany — the celebration of God's light shining into the world in the life of Jesus. In Western practice, the feast commemorates the visitation of the Magi — the Greek word generally referred to Zoroastrian priests versed in astrology — to the child Jesus. I can't help but … Continue reading A Feast of Confounded Expectations