Tell ‘Em, Marjorie

Sometimes a person can hold a form of Christian faith that is not only considered orthodox, but that seems to rule out any alternative mode of Christian belief, as if contemporary worldviews never entered into the expression of Christian faith, transforming it in every generation. One equates one’s own contemporaneity with the whole of Christian history. Differences can be accounted for by granting that there have always been heretics, just as there are today, but of course this is only in accordance with scripture. Tares grow with the wheat, and there will always be unbelievers in order that the true believers may shine forth. What would happen if such a person began a study of Christian history? At first there might be no problem, given the ability to read all stories as reflections or repetitions of one’s own. But if the study continued, gradually the reality of history’s tales would impose itself, entering the crack of newness presented in every moment. Realization would follow that the Christian faith has taken many diverse forms. No single mode of faith – not even one’s own – has been held unchangingly for two thousand years. Further, with eyes to see it, one could discover the sorrow of much evil in Christian history, often justified in the name of “right belief”.

-Marjorie Suchocki, God-Christ-Church: A Practical Guide to Process Theology

6 thoughts on “Tell ‘Em, Marjorie

  1. @TribalYeah, process theology (of which Suchocki is a/the major representative) is all about possibility breaking into the present. Essentially, its how God acts, and I think grass coming up through a sidewalk works well as an image.

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  2. Yes! Yes! You’ve got it!I think one of the greatest gifts of process theology is the way it constantly reminds the reader that our own perspective is quite small compared with the wealth of other perspectives out there, and that our usual attempts to shore up our own little perspective as the be-all and end-all actually require us to ignore much of the truth.Which forces us, of course, to ask whether it’s possible for any individual to hold a perspective that’s true. Why think or preach or do anything if we’re so limited? But–to criticize process theology with this question is really just a way of admitting that process theology is right about our limitations 🙂

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  3. Yeah, I really like process theology so far. I like its postmondern-ness and its honest engagement with physical science, among other things. Its on my list of things I’d read more of if I had more time to read things that aren’t assigned 🙂

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