Thanks for the share. I’ve always appreciated the following clip from Denys Turner, who addresses the same issue:
This is a great interview with Turner. I’ve posted it a couple times here on EO over the past two years. I have found that understanding that God is not a being really changes both one’s theology but also one’s spirituality.
I was wondering, if God is not a being, then what is he, it, whatever? How can a non-being be a person ?
Hi, Carol. The best way to begin our reflection on your good question is with the divine transcendence: because God has made the world from out of nothing, he is radically different from everything he has made. He is not different from creatures in the way that apples and oranges are different. He is incomparably different. So of course we may say “God is person,” but at the same time we remember all sorts of implicit analogical qualifications. After all, the only persons of which we have direct acquaintance are beings with bodies who exist in space and time. Do we really know what a transcendent person is? We think we know what we are talking about, but it’s easy at this point to fall into anthropomorphism. But it’s better to say that God is person than to deny it outright. Some theologians prefer to speak of God as supra-personal (or something like that).
I agree. The import of the idea, once it really sinks in, opens up a vista of wonder, awe and epistemological humility.
This is fantastic. Thank you!
Interestingly, the Yeti is mentioned in the King James Version of Habakkuk 3:18.
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