Various & Conflicting Portraits of God

The two basic tenets of Open and Relational Theology (ORT) fit with my experience and how I’ve attempted to live out my faith over the last 45 years. However, while my interpretation of some scripture often is supportive of the two basic tenets of ORT, my interpretation of other scripture often is in conflict withContinue reading “Various & Conflicting Portraits of God”

My Doctoral Dissertation — A Draft Outline

Title: The Pluriform and Polyphonic Nature of Τὰ Βιβλία and the Implications of, and for, Open and Relational Theology Treatise Academic Abstract – Draft The earliest Christian theologians and apologists––i.e., the creators of the New Testament texts and the apostolic fathers––were thoroughly aware that their “holy writings” (ἱερὰ γράμματα) were pluriform in nature. They ingeniouslyContinue reading “My Doctoral Dissertation — A Draft Outline”

Shooting Ourselves in the Heart: The Impact of Gender-Specific Roles and Responsibilities in Faith Communities

April 27, 2022 Over the last four years, I have read numerous articles and large portions of books on this subject that have been written in the last 50 years. Those authors who state that the biblical texts support a traditional, patriarchal perspective are certainly on the decline, yet they still have a voice andContinue reading Shooting Ourselves in the Heart: The Impact of Gender-Specific Roles and Responsibilities in Faith Communities”

The Cross Through Love’s Lens

Since God is love and love always seeks the best interests of its object, then God would never consider, commit, command or condone violence as part of God’s modus operandi. Once I came to a place where I embraced open and relational theology and that God’s love is non-coercive, one of the main issues thatContinue reading “The Cross Through Love’s Lens”

If Love is the Lens…

In order to “deal with” the very problematic passages in the biblical texts that portray God as one who considers, commits, commands and/or condone violence (physical, emotional and spiritual), most Christian interpreters take what they call a “Christocentric” approach to reading the Bible. I think a Christocentric hermeneutic, however, doesn’t go far enough. Basically, theContinue reading “If Love is the Lens…”

Embracing a Theology of a Nonviolent God

“Because the Christian message exhorts us to imitate God, our view of God and God’s actions very often forms the structure for our own ethics and actions. If we believe that God acts violently, then we can justify our own violence toward others. If we see God’s justice as retributive and punitive (concerned with punishingContinue reading “Embracing a Theology of a Nonviolent God”