Everywhere Present and Filling All Things: Knowing God in Third-Person

Over the past two weeks, we've explored what it means to know God in the second-person, that is relationally and personally, and in the first-person, that is to know and experience God within. This week, we round out this framework with the third-person knowledge of God, which can perhaps best be articulated in the words … Continue reading Everywhere Present and Filling All Things: Knowing God in Third-Person

“The Father and I are One”: Jesus and the First-Person Knowledge of God

The most recent post in this series on knowing God explored the first-person perspective of God, which is an experience of God within us so intimate that everything else — our ego, desires, thoughts, feelings — falls away. It also demonstrated that despite the discomfort many contemporary Christians have with the language of first-person encounter … Continue reading “The Father and I are One”: Jesus and the First-Person Knowledge of God

God Within: Knowing God in First-Person

Last week's posts explored the knowledge of God through through a personal, relational lens. This was easy enough, since this is Western religion's home turf. But, while it may be where most Christians feel most comfortable, the relational lens is only one of three perspectives we can take to knowing God, and if we want … Continue reading God Within: Knowing God in First-Person

My God and Your God: Jesus and the Second-Person Perspective of God

The other day, we looked the knowledge and experience of God as a relationship. Today, we're going to see how this plays out in the life of Jesus. It should come as no surprise that the second-person — relational or personal — perspective of God is the primary way knowing God is expressed in the … Continue reading My God and Your God: Jesus and the Second-Person Perspective of God

God as Other: Knowing God in Second Person

In the most recent post in this series on knowing God, I introduced Ken Wilber's integral model for how we experience God. Rather than viewing different ways of knowing God as a linear progression of steps to knowing God better, it understands them to be different perspectives on God, each of which teaches us something … Continue reading God as Other: Knowing God in Second Person