Monday, May 23, 2005

Do you need to believe in God to be a Christian?

Whilst countless philosophers and otherwise intellectuals might think this was obvious John Robinson would suggest that the idea of a God as a transcendental ‘person’ is obsolete in modern society.

It was Bonhoeffer who suggested that this is the time for the world to ‘come of age’. As science, politics and arts have mostly discarded the idea of God perhaps it is time for religion to consider the possibility that it is time to grow up and consider some other possibilities about God. For instance Tillich would suggest that God exists as a deep existence behind everything. We need to look closer at a ‘naturalist’ view of the world. God in this sense is what gives meaning and direction to nature.

Bonhoeffer saw us like children about to leave home, although Daddy is always there in the background: “God is teaching us that we must live as men who can get along very well without him.”

Whilst it may not be time for God to be discarded a change would seem to be something to think about. Something to think about perhaps?

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