What does it mean? Well you could look it up on Wikipedia. Or, you could have a little more patience and watch the following video from Ted.com courtesy of John Kamman. Which, in reality has very little to do with what you'll find on Wikipedia. Please, please, please, take the time to watch this video. It doesn't matter if you're christian, muslim, buddhist, atheist/agnostic, or don't know. I really feel like it's worth your time. If it's not, then this blog probably isn't worth your time. In fact it would really be worth your time to spend an entire day exploring Ted.
Reverend Tom Honey has served as a priest for 20 years. After the tsunami of 2004, he chose to publicly delve into some very difficult questions about god. As a result, he was invited to speak at the Ted Conference. This video is his Ted talk.
This man represents what I mean whenever I say or write "thoughtful Christian." If all religious people were as thoughtful as he, I would have no reason to dislike religion. He asks very thought provoking questions about god's existence and abilities as they relate to his/her moral obligations. He defines himself as a christian but I think buddhist or simply deist (right John?) are far more fitting.
Where is god in all this? Who is god in all this? God is in this with us, or god doesn’t deserve our allegiance anymore.
This statement is so true for me. If there is a god and she is not engaged in the day to day world, then why would I bother serving/praying/worshiping her? If she is engaged in the day to day world and has the power to stop things like a tsunami, her moral standards are not up to par and I am not interested in what she has to offer. Any human with the power to stop the death of 300,000 people would be morally obligated to stop it. Why isn't god?
What if God doesn't do things? What if God is in things? -Tom Honey