God in the Bath - Relaxing in the Everywhere Presence of God
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Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Number of Pages: 112
Width: 13.9 cm
Height: 21.3 cm
This book has its roots in a very traditional understanding of God. In theological jargon, it's about God's omnipresence; God being everywhere. Because God is everywhere, we are, wherever we are, in God. It shouldn't, therefore, be difficult to believe in God. We don't have to struggle to get our head around impossible questions. We are already in God; so belief isn't like taking an exam, it's like taking a bath. We need to learn to relax and let ourselves be revived in God's presence. But looking more closely at what we find ourselves to be in, (including life, luck, love and person) the implications for our understanding of God are shocking and revolutionary. Here is a radical orthodoxy to give confidence to those who have given up on the fundamentalist expressions of faith that dominate the church today. Liberals are true to the heart of orthodox Christian doctrine on God. They are here encouraged to find their voice, demonstrate the deep roots of their faith, and above all, enjoy it.
This little book is destined to become a spiritual classic... For those who have been put off by propositional Christianity, this is the perfect antidote. A wonderfully refreshing and invigorating reading of Christianity. Nigel Leaves, author of Odyssey and Surfing on the Sea of Faith Stephen Mitchell is so entertaining that you don't at first realise how subtle he is. He's out to change the way we think - and to show that religious thought is still very much alive. Don Cupitt, Emmanuel College, Cambridge This is a bold and innovative new way of writing anthropology from a theological perspective... I highly commend it to thoughtful Christians, and indeed members of all faiths and none currently struggling for a viable philosophy for 21st century living. Dr David Hart, India Secretary Thiruvananthapuram, World Congress of Faiths "A penetrating, powerful, incisive exploration of what it really means to believe in God." John Shelby Spong, author of The Sins of Scripture