This will probably be the last blog I shall post on this forum. In  past times this has been an excellent blog. Jessica’s original intentions have been maintained by chalcedon. In no way does my decision to leave reflect on him. I’ve enjoyed posting various articles and contributing to discussions. However  I want to apologize for two recent departures and an explanation. My apologies.

Recently there’s been a narrowing and hardening of what was in the beginning a larger vision. Flexibility is vital in ventures such as this, but rigidity is a constant danger.

A receptive modesty gives birth to a wisdom of feeling the rhythms of the world, and attending to them in awe and thankfulness

The Judeo-Christian Scriptures are full of reminders that we are limited beings who cannot understand God or the totality of the universe. Our absolute systems of thought and belief only make us look absurd if we take them too seriously, for with God, all is yet unfinished and undisclosed. Even St Thomas Aquinas, the learned doctor admitted –

“All that I have written appears to be as so much straw after the things that have been revealed to me. …. For it does not admit of exposition like other branches of knowledge; but after much converse about the matter itself and a life lived ..”

Ideas that are fashioned out of a conviction that God agrees with our take on things are pale imitations of what he might really think.

The God to whom we relate may only be partially understood. Its why I  remain open to reality as it unfolds in my life. Words like Orthodox, Conservative or Liberal mean little to me. They  tie one up in knots and severely limit one’s personal freedom of choice.

God can never be fully understood, but he is always present, always in relationship,  no matter how vague or shadowed, orthodox, liberal or even heretical.

He seeks from us not rigid dogma  but connection.  This always demands of us flexibility and the ability to live with contradictions and paradoxes.

I’m reminded of a remarkable verse in the Tao Teh Ching by Lao Tzu.

When a man is living, he is soft and supple.

When he is dead, he becomes hard and rigid.

When a tree is living it is soft and tender

When it is dead it becomes withered and dry.

(Translation by John C. H. Wu)

As Christians we should learn to question more, to question as a ritual, and as explanation of grace rather than as a search for certainty.

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The Sycamore Gap – Hadrian’s Wall.

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