A larger container

energies

Often in these theological conversations we are presented with a set of polar opposites. Monica Coleman states in a recent Homebrew podcast that when presented with polarities in conversation all you need is a bigger container.

Think of the earth (or the Earth as Jeanine Slettom and John Cobb would have it), a globe with two opposite poles the Arctic and Antarctica on opposite sides of the globe. There is no way they can be reconciled (brought together) but they are in fact connected and together not only in that they are on the same planet but in the larger container of the universe, they are infinitely close and interconnected. Just as we are all connected or rather an integral part of the eco system of this planet.

In church, the larger container should be god, or maybe, to make it more applicable, love (god is love). This I think is Christ centred, Pauline, process theology. All of the created exist within godself so that god is always present and at the same time transcendent. God is intimately present in me, in you in everything and everybody. But because god is always present in everywhere and everybody it also means that god is always bigger than the present situation (conversation, polarised debate) we find ourselves in.

This also means that everyplace is holy, because god indwells it, and every person is holy, because god indwells them. This means that different opinions, or theologies (or maybe even religions) only need a bigger container to find that they are in fact intimately interconnected.

Exasperated Paul cries out, don’t you get it? You cannot say you love god and then turn around and hate your brother. If you are in love, you are swimming in this bigger container and have the opportunity to se how we are al interconnected and interdependent. Love is the true god-particle that binds us all together and gives us mass.

Why can’t our different theological perspectives be in the words of Bruce Epperly, contrasts, different colours and streams of thought rather than mutually exclusive polar opposites?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/BoCSanders Bo Sanders

    Well said! Clear and simple. Nice way to start the morning too :) -Bo

    • http://theopoetics.olterman.se olterman

      OMG, I am so blogstruck (the blog version of starstruck) right now… THE Bo Daddy commenting on my post ;)

      Thank you! I appreciate the nod.

  • Graeme Randall

    Couldn’t agree more. I have always used the illustration of a square with ‘diametrically opposing points’. I ask ‘are these two diametrically opposing points reconcilable?’ The answer generally is no, by definition. I say ‘but they are all in the same square – they are in fact the same point as they are part of the one idea that is in the square – just different parts of the one idea’.

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