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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Where is God?



I saw a past article today by Diana Butler Bass (her most recent book is Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution ).

The title of her article is something I've been wondering about a lot lately - where are you, God, because you sure don't seem to be here. I haven't read the article yet myself, but maybe Diana Butler Bass has an answer I haven't considered yet. Here's the start of her article ...

Where is God?

It seems like a child’s question, a theological query during bedtime prayers or following a holy day at church or synagogue. Usually, the first answer we learned was simple, certain, and reliable: God is in heaven.

But “Where is God?” is not really a child’s question. It is a question many people are asking right now - one that often arises in the wake of troubling events, such as Roseburg, Aurora, or Sandy Hook. It was asked as the World Trade Center collapsed, as people drowned in New Orleans, died from Ebola, are tortured by terrorists and warlords, or murdered for the crime of being different. Where is God in the midst of this mess? There appears no reliable answer, and no reply completely trustworthy or logical. This theological question is roiling around a chaotic globe, and is being asked by so many people, that it may have emerged as one of the most consequential questions of our time. And it is a question that we have to answer for ourselves because the answers once proposed no longer seem to make sense ...

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