By Philip Johnson
A desirable discussion among a Pagan and a Christian. Gus DiZerega, an American pagan and and an instructional engages in debate with Philip Johnson, an Australian Christian theologian. the 2 debate questions corresponding to the character of spirituality, who or what's deity, how people relate to the divine, the sacred female, gender and sexuality, and the lessons and claims of Jesus. on the finish of the booklet one other Pagan author reviews on what Philip Johnson has argued, and one other Christian reviews on what Gus DiZerega has argued. Paganism is said because the quickest becoming 'religion' in western Europe and this ebook is helping readers to interact with it and with orthodox Christian trust.
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Extra info for Beyond the Burning Times: A Pagan and Christian in Dialogue
1 The biblical God can be viewed in ultimately non-gendered terms, but historically and popularly God is not so viewed. My target here is not the perceptive understanding of some, but the unreflective understanding of many, ministers included, who would substitute a part for the whole. Doing so gets in the way of their grasping what we as Pagans often believe. Gus diZerega The Divine unanswerable because we have no clear agreement on what ‘pan’ (all) refers to in ‘pantheism’. If it means that we worship the physical world, few who call themselves Pagans are pantheists.
First, it is a necessary contributor to a greater good, and so ultimately is not evil. Second, there was a rebellion or fall from accord with this creation, although the Creator might still be able to bring about a greater good as a result. Western monotheisms in general come down heavily on the second option. Pagans reject this view. How then might we treat the issue? If the ultimate reality is good, why is there so much suffering? Especially, why is there so much apparently unwarranted suffering?
Second, there was a rebellion or fall from accord with this creation, although the Creator might still be able to bring about a greater good as a result. Western monotheisms in general come down heavily on the second option. Pagans reject this view. How then might we treat the issue? If the ultimate reality is good, why is there so much suffering? Especially, why is there so much apparently unwarranted suffering? If everything is an expression of the Sacred, how come we have smallpox, war, serial killers, tapeworms, sociopaths, tsunamis, rape, earthquakes and so very much more?