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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Theologians and the God Guessers *Repost*

The following(Cartoon on)is a post taken, with permission, from David Hayward's blog. I have always enjoyed David's perspectives and how he literally draws them out: 

Sociologist, Emile Durkheim wrote a book entitled "The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life". In that book he addressed one primary question, "Where do people come up with their ideas about God?" As a sociologist he moved from society to society, culture to culture and noted that everywhere he went there was some idea about God and what he/she was like. Everyone believed in God but the way in which God was defined differed from culture to culture. This may, in-turn, lead to the question, "Who of us is right?" Perhaps, in some manner, we all are?

Cartoon drawn by David Hayward
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You’ve heard the story of the blind men who were standing around an elephant trying to describe what they were feeling. One thought a tree. Another thought a snake. Another thought a mountain.
Whenever I draw a cartoon or write a post, I always try to write from a humble posture. I don’t always succeed. But I try. Because I know all too well that we are all just guessing. One guess might be better than another. But it is still a guess. I think we forget that.

I’ve also concluded that theology can be misleading in its promises. When the bible says that even the devils believe yet tremble, it means that just because you believe the right things doesn’t necessarily make you right or even good.
I like what the philosopher Slavoj Žižek says: “As I always repeat, what we philosophers can do is just correct the questions.”