Friday, March 21, 2014

Thought provoking quotes from Christianity without Superstition

Thought provoking quotes from Christianity without Superstition:  Meaning, Metaphor and Mystery 
John McQuiston II

When we reduce anything to formulas or equations or a name, we often fool ourselves into thinking we comprehend whatever it is that we have spoken of.  We have an almost overwhelming predisposition to do this.  But complete understanding of reality can never occur.  This is true about the oak tree in my yard.  It is true of that complex person who is my neighbor.  It is true of the mystery we call God.  McQuiston, P 41

Claiming that any image or idea, much less one’s religion or scientific theory is the truth is a refusal to recognize our limits. It is to claim we have the capacity to...diminish reality to our abstractions, to our words, to our equations, to our ideas.  That claim is pure hubris. McQuiston, p43

When we take our ideas for the truth about reality, we make them into something more than they are.  McQuiston,  p45

Lord, you are not merely that
than which a greater cannot be thought;
you are something greater than can be thought.
                                                St. Anselm, Proslogion

We must always be aware of the danger of arrogant certainty, the kind of certainty that leads to denigration, disparagement  and condemnation of those who believe differently.  If we follow the way taught by Jesus, the test of belief is not whether they are right or wrong as factual statements, but whether they lead us to right relationship, which, in its highest form, is exemplified in love of neighbor.  McQuiston p67

The world in which we live is relational, and when we change our relationship with it, we change our world.  Physicists such as Heisenberg, Bohm, Einstein, Feynman and Schrodinger have shown that there is no ultimate, solid, material reality, only relationships of relationships. McQuiston, p77

“Reality is by no means exhausted by the concepts in which we mediate it; put theologically, ‘God’ is not a pure construct of our language.”  Book of Common Prayer, 491

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