How Anthropomorphic is your G-O-D?

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Eclectic Orthodoxy

Anthropormophic_zps2e13b40d.jpg~original.jpegI am not sure, but I think I may have been a theistic personalist for most of my active ministry. “Egads,” you say. “Yes,” I reply, “I’m afraid so.” “But what is a theistic personalist?” “Someone who espouses theistic personalism, of course.” “And now you are going to tell me what it is, right?” “My pleasure.”

According to Brian Davies theistic personalism makes person the decisive philosophical category for thinking about God (An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, pp. 9-15). We all know what human persons are. For good or ill, we have to live with them every day. So what do we mean by the word? I don’t know what the philosophers would say, but let me throw out this tentative definition—a person is a center of consciousness with whom we can rationally converse. This is probably severely defective, but at least it will get us…

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2 thoughts on “How Anthropomorphic is your G-O-D?

  1. Kevin Davis December 12, 2013 / 11:07 am

    Theistic personalism isn’t so bad, depending on the theologian. We’re just witnessing a reactionary counter-movement in theology away from the dominance of the 19th-20th century rejection of classical Greek philosophy. These shifts and pendulum swings are inevitable. After this rebirth of scholasticism, I suspect that people will start longing for personalism once again — and so the pendulum will move again.

    The best 20th century theologians, by the way, were able to combine the best of both classical theology and modern personalism/relationalism, not fitting into either category. I am thinking especially of Karl Barth and Hans Urs von Balthasar.


    • whitefrozen December 13, 2013 / 5:02 pm

      COuld you expand a bit about Von Bathalasar?


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