“The only measure of love is love without measure.” – John D. Caputo
Archive for March, 2012
In the language of the Bible the word ‘apocalypse’ does not mean the end or destruction of the world, but a revelation from God, especially disclosures characterised by strange visions and symbolism. This is why Apocalypse, the final book of the New Testament (and thereby the Bible) is also called the book of Revelation. In this session we explore this strange text.
From Libby Holderness, Chaplaincy Administrator:
1 Samuel 16: 7
“Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
I’ve been struck by preconceptions a lot recently. There have been many incidents where I’ve thought badly of people based on my personal history and events from the past, which have continued to affect my present. But I’ve discovered that some are unfounded, and need to be rectified. The shifty-looking youths hanging out round the off-licence at night-time making jokes and noise turn out to be the sons of the senior server at church, and are buying cheap lemonade. The scary, big guy with his eyes partially obscured and scruffy clothing is my neighbour. The young lady who is researching options for getting rid of her unborn child is a confused friend of a friend. The fat girl who won a modelling competition, portraying a bad image of unhealthy eating and lack of exercise, has actually done an amazing job at getting so far with her history of mental illness. I’ve been aware of my preconceptions a lot recently and am seeking to amend that.
What then is theology? What do you think of when you hear the word?
Etymologically it is the study of God, and if we confined ourselves to that original meaning then the stereotypical derision of it as not a ‘proper’ discipline would be quite understandable. After all, there isn’t any way that we could study God like a pharmacist studies chemicals, and as a result it is often supposed that theology is all made up opinions. Theology cannot be straightforward and descriptive because religion is inexorably mysterious- God is fundamentally ‘other’ and cannot be adequately described in human language. (more…)