Saturday, September 26, 2009

Shift suggests dwelling in the kingdom of God

Today, Barrie Maclaurin, a horticulturalist in London U.K., blogs
"Thoughts on the current God debate and baptism" with references to Thomas Moore’s latest book, Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels. Maclaurin writes, "Thomas Moore, in his excellent book: Writing in the Sand, makes the point that until we have gone through a process of metanoia, a radical shift in our ways of thinking (and living), we will, like Nicodemus, never understand what Jesus meant when he said: "I tell you that no one could see the kingdom of God unless he were born from above." I take this to mean in part that we have got to shift our vision not away from the current science-orientated arguments but through science."

While sharing that his partner, Jeff, and he are to be godparents to their neighbour’s daughter, Maclaurin describes their individual responses to their new roles. He includes about himself, "There is a very strong tide that flows through me that is constantly seeking the strength, the confidence and the knowledge, to put to rest my own doubts about my own faith and reassure those closest to me ― not so much in Christianity as it now is ― but in the existence of God. Like Moore, I have difficulty with, and indeed am personally distracted by, people that constantly profess their particular interpretation of Christ's mystery and mission. They are usually judgemental, subjective and completely disrespectful of those not sharing their view."

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