I am a conversation partner this week with Rocky Supinger and Landon Whitsitt over at Ecclesio on the topic of the art of theology. Though it felt like using my brain in a different way, which was a struggle, it was really fun to read and write with them! Check out their posts and their blogs – both are prolific writers about ministry and faith.
Pneumatological God-Talk: The Poetry of Theology
What we call religion is the co-existing and cooperation of our various feelings of God as we bring them together. What is important to note is that what we are calling religion is not an expression of just your feelings nor of mine, but, rather, what is common in the feelings of both of us.
Whereas, when human feelings manifest as religion, they produce a culture of interaction and interdependence which is always in flux, when they manifest as theology something more concrete is brought into being, something which can be named as our attempts to describe the feelings we had as a result of our experience of God. These descriptions we create serve as a call to others (of sorts), a way of making known what it was we encountered so that we can gather with others who have experienced something similar. (Landon Whitsitt)
Our twin babies are almost a year old, and we are in the throes of intense personality and language development. As to be expected they are incredibly unique – “D” is “all-boy,” as many fondly describe with his grunts and periodic roaring, while “A” is mostly dainty
and feminine, but can hit the register of an operatic 1st soprano when she is unhappy. Feelings, too, are interesting to navigate as they try to express them through sounds and actions. While their feelings may not be as sophisticated as say a full-grown human being, I’m discovering that no matter what the age, feelings in general are difficult to apprehend and convey to others. Sometimes, even for the one is who is feeling whatever emotion, it is a mystery.
Read the rest at Ecclesio.