“If you want to make a room full of liberal, compassionate people turn on you, talk about God in an unironic way.”
image of God
The creation story and the divine right of everybody.
I routinely saw patients who were racist, sexist, demanding, and cruel. They were also afraid, exhausted, in pain, and helpless.
Craig Detweiler draws on art history, psychology, and religion to argue that staring at ourselves can be an act of faith.
To meet others as God meets us—prickly and imprecise and difficult though we may sometimes be—is a kind of grace.
When we work with others or with ourselves, we cannot let the diagnosis define us, as humans. We need to resist the temptation to identify one another by our sickness or defects--even though the act gives us a certain power over one another. Looking beyond the label to the context forces us to think theologically about people.
Technology is changing the nature of our selves. Yet, when I travel among different religious communities, many leaders focus on whether they ought to be on Facebook or not. I'm worried that our theological imaginations have not kept pace with our technological developments and I hope that in the decades to come, we can begin reflecting theologically on how our identities evolve.