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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Being Special

If you missed CNN's God's Warriors, you can catch them again beginning tonight. I only caught a part of the first one, but folks I have spoken with said that Christiane Amanpour did a great job. I just returned home from a long, fun church day. We had our heritage Sunday. I delivered a sermon by Rev. Horace Cowles Atwater who was pastor at the church I presently serve in the 1870s. Great sermon. Intelligent guy. But dang, being chosen and fighting for God's cause was heavily present in his theology. Everyone has God on their side and can point to some "authority" to prove it.

What if we simply gave all of that up? What if we admitted...
  • that we don't know if God chose anyone...
  • that we don't know if God prefers (or "inspired") this book, creed, and worship practice over those of others...
  • that none of us likely knows what "God wants," and that your guess is as good as mine...
  • that we need to figure this all out for ourselves...
  • that it cannot be a good idea to commit ecocide in the name of God?
I wonder if the task for clergy for the next couple of centuries is to dismantle any special revelation regarding the will of God and all of the authorities that go with that revelation. Seriously, can anyone show me that the humanity is better off because of supposed special revelation?



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