Christianity Thomas on 23 Feb 2013 12:32 am
Great editorial by Dan Fink in which he admits that God is imaginary:
How does he admit that God is imaginary? By admitting that the Bible is a book of myth:
The philosopher Paul Ricoeur suggests that there are three stages in a progressive approach to faith and holy texts. First we believe on a literal level. Then, as we learn more about science and history, our sacred “myths” are broken. But later still, as we reach maturity, we can once again embrace our traditions’ stories – precisely as myths, which define and bring beauty to our world. As Ricoeur puts it, “Beyond the desert of criticism, we wish to be called again.”
If the Bible is myth then God is imaginary. Then Fink goes one step further and invents his own god:
Neither the fire and brimstone fundamentalists nor the strident atheists believe in my God, who is the source of both science and the spirit. She is a lot more complicated and ambiguous than many would like. She does not speak in one voice or language. What she asks of me is not always clear. My calling, as a person of progressive faith, is to learn and live this.
What form of insanity is this? The reason why “what she asks of me is not always clear” is because it is the sound of insanity.