Comments: Looking into the face of the enemy

This is very nice. Thought-provoking. Thank you, Andrew.

Posted by JCF at Friday, 6 February 2009 at 7:44pm GMT

Lovely piece.

"I was taken aback by his view that our primary task was to conduct philosophical discussions..."

One of the tragedies has been the failure of many Christians (and peoples of other faiths) to engage with the insights and discoveries that unfold.

Not just in philosophy, but also in psychology, the arts, the sciences. God is not threatened nor diminished by humanity's unfolding understanding. However Christianity's credibility is diminished when it refuses to engage in dialogues about unfolding understandings.

Posted by Cheryl Va. at Saturday, 7 February 2009 at 10:10am GMT

At this time in particular its worth remembering that for many people homelessness is just a couple of mortgage repayments away. Many thanks Andrew.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Saturday, 7 February 2009 at 2:22pm GMT

Religious tribalism was demonstrated at Alexandria and comments by some participants afterwards.

Posted by Pluralist at Saturday, 7 February 2009 at 2:25pm GMT

Interesting, but confusing. You begin by saying that the nature of God does not matter to you.

You then go on to explain all the troubles that are caused by people when they put into action all their various "understandings".

So it seems you do then have an understanding of God after all. Yes? It is an understanding of a God who is completely non-partisan, universal, and above any tribal mandate. But in your "knowing" that God is not tribal you betray the fact that you do have a philosphical understanding of God after all.

So which is it?

Posted by Mike L. at Saturday, 7 February 2009 at 5:12pm GMT

Thanks A., especially for that paragraph on Why Helping People Hurts So Much. Imagine a cop answering. Not much around here, in USA, of that kind of thang, alas. Too many USA cops who think like that are probly on the deep down low in their home departments. But sometimes in jail or prison you can glimpse they are somewhere else, a passing humanity in their eyes when face to face and nobody much is looking over the shoulder.

Part of what the conservative realignment Anglicans loathe about TEC is that pesky baptism vow - to see and seek and acknowledge something of God in everybody we meet. Heresy, doncha-know.

It's folks like you who keep me coming back as only one progressive part of that larger global Anglican fellowship. A touch of glory and strength for prayer or praise, yes im talkinbout Jesus of Nazareth.

Thanks lots again.

Posted by drdanfee at Saturday, 7 February 2009 at 7:18pm GMT

Thanks, Andrew. I was skiing today atop one of the tallest mountains in New England, USA and had brought along a copy of your meditation, upon which I did indeed meditate while looking out and beyond from my perch on the mountain.

Posted by Jay Vos at Sunday, 8 February 2009 at 1:13am GMT

What JCF said. Thank you.

And no, I don't think Philosophical discussion, Heathen Philosophy as it is, Indo-European Philosophy from Alexandria - more Indian than European really, has any insights or discoveries to offer about God, be She/He green- or blue eyed.

It mayu be fun in itself, but no more.

Posted by Göran Koch-Swahne at Sunday, 8 February 2009 at 5:44am GMT
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