“The Experience of God” (Part 4)

Eclectic Orthodoxy

How do we move from knowing god to knowing God? It is a movement, David Hart explains, from power to impotence:

The gods are enfolded within nature and enter human thought at the most exalted expressions of its power; they emerge from the magnificent energy of the physical order. God, however, is first glimpsed within nature’s still greater powerlessness—its transitoriness and contingency and explanatory poverty. He is known or imagined or hoped for as that reality that lies beyond the awful shadow of potential nothingness that falls across all finite things, the gods included. (pp. 94-95)

God is glimpsed, suggests Hart, in a moment of wonderment, of ontological surprise. How is it that that which I see and hear and touch actually exists? From whence did it all come? Whither does it go? How could it be? Why is there something, anything, everything rather than nothing? Hart becomes virtually rhapsodic…

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About Joel

Joel is a 32 year old currently residing in the southeastern United States. His interests lay in philosophy and theology. He is a writer for The Christian Watershed.

One thought on ““The Experience of God” (Part 4)

  1. The incredible intricate design of everything in our three-dimensional world and visible universe leads to no excuse for unbelief in our Creator (as the Apostle Paul points out in Romans 1:20)!

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