Thursday Theological Inquiry
I’ve been told that I know shit about theology by one who, being a priest impressively learned in the subject, would know. Nevertheless, I would like to begin weekly posts offering propositions from that “higher” discipline for reflection and discussion. With my Wednesday philosophical queries, I’ve asked whether the stated proposition is true. That’s a question worth asking of theological propositions as well, but I am also interesting in whether the statements make sense to you, speak to a familiar realm of human experience, and fit with your own theological ideas and inclinations, if you have any.
So, to begin, I quote Ilia Delio, O.S.F. from her book The Humility of God. She’s speaking from a Christian perspective, obviously, but her words may, perhaps, be translatable into a broader religiosity:
If we reduce Christ merely to a personal Savior and confine Christ to an institutional church we can be sure that the meaning of Christ will become increasingly irrelevant in a complex world of cultural and religious diversity. Neither Christianity nor salvation is a private, individual matter. Salvation, Thomas Merton wrote, means rescuing the person from the individual or, we might say, it is bringing the individual into personhood through an experience of love. To be a human person alive in God is based not on what we are or what we do but who we are in relation to God, self, others and world.
I’ll state up front that I pretty much agree with this. What say you?