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All right, I know it’s been a long, long time since my last post. I find I need this blog a lot less than I once did, when the grief of deconversion was a lot more immediate. This video amused me enough that I wanted to post it, though, so here I am.

Edit: And a short while later, I catch another video that I’d like to post with the first. Enjoy!

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For Karl Rahner, salvation is a relationship between God and humans, though many of the details of this relationship can not be known by humans. According to Rahner, redemption was not needed because of sin (Weger 174). Humans were created with the incarnation of Christ as the goal (Theological 165). Salvation history is the history of a relationship between God and humans that was created by God, transformed by Christ, and is either accepted or rejected by humanity. There is a tension in Rahner’s soteriology between the freedom of God and the needs of creation, as well as between the freedom of humans and their absolute dependence on God. Rahner does not resolve these tensions, recognizing the limits of human knowledge.

To start discussing Karl Rahner’s soteriology, it can help to start by looking at Rahner’s Christology, and where Christ fits into Rahner’s Trinitarian theology. According to Rahner, biblical theology should be the source of Christology and dogmatic theology (Theological 154). Rahner opposes “the consignment of the Trinity to theological and spiritual irrelevance” and instead emphasizes the importance of looking at God as a triune God (Braaten 105). Both St. Augustine and St. Thomas after him taught that any of the three persons of the Trinity could have chosen to become incarnate (Gelpi 6). Rahner teaches otherwise, using the language of processions as it is used in St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica (147-151). “According to Rahner, the Word, and only the Word, could have become flesh because in the divine processions of the Trinity the Word, and not the Holy Spirit, is the real symbolic expression of the Father” (Gelpi 8). “The procession of the Son from the Father is, moreover, a reality connected necessarily with the divine self-knowledge, without which God’s absolute act of cognitional self-possession is impossible” (Gelpi 10). Christ is a concrete self-disclosure of God (Theological 100). The Trinity must be as it is for God to be who God is.

The consequence of the Word being an essential self-revelation of the first person of the Trinity is that “if the Father is to reveal himself to [humans] in time, this revelation must take place in and through the Word, who is the perfect symbolic expression of the Father” (Gelpi 11). The Word reveals the Father to humanity not only by what the Word says, but by (more…)

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Over on A Life Reviewed, Joe posted a link to an article of mine. I started speaking to someone in the comments of that post, but don’t want to clog Joe’s Blog with an unrelated conversation. But Karin asked me over there, “I’m also wondering what sort of God you no longer believe in Quester? When you had faith, in whom did you have faith?”

This can be a worthwhile question to answer.

I believed in a God who was unlimited and unmodified by either space or time, and was the creator of both. I believed in a God who (more…)

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When I first went to university, the campus seemed large and confusing. I had classes all over the place, and did not know where anything was. But the hallways were lined with tables where students sat and advertised their organizations, trying to get people to join. When looking for something, I would stop at the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF), Campus Crusade for Christ (Crusade) or Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) tables, where friendly Christians would help me find my way. I signed up with all three groups, and attended bible studies, prayer meetings, praise gatherings, and fellowship gatherings with all three groups. As I went from group to group, I realized they each had a common complaint. Each of the three groups averaged twenty members apiece, and were troubled that they did not have enough members to truly reach and affect this campus.

During the summer between my first and second year at university, I (more…)

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So I’ve been reading various proposals on what people think they would find compelling enough to convince them, if they are atheists, to become theists, or, if they are theists, to become atheists.

I had been asked to think about this when I was getting my bachelor’s degree, and I couldn’t come up with a good answer. If I knew what would convince me to change my mind, I would have examined it to find out if it did change my mind. So, I just said, “I don’t know” and categorized the necessary information as that which I didn’t even know I didn’t know.

Pretend that made sense and go on.

Now, it seems, I’ve learned. What it took was (more…)

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I’m up here preaching almost every week, but for some of you here today it’s a surprise to see me preaching again. The bishop is here, and when the bishop comes, he gets to do the preaching. We’ve been quite fortunate to have the bishop visit us on several occasions, and he has shown himself to be a very gifted preacher. However, while the bishop will be visiting this parish again, this will be my last opportunity to preach for a good while, and the bishop has graciously let me take this opportunity. This will also be the first time the bishop has had a chance to hear me preach.

The rest of you have had plenty of opportunity to hear me preach. I’ve given over a hundred sermons standing here. There’s something you might not have noticed though. I didn’t notice it myself until sometime last year as I was looking back over earlier sermons I have preached. But, more often than not, I have really only preached one message. Almost every sermon, week after week, I’ve said the exact same thing. (more…)

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Deer, oh deer

When I was in my young twenties, I was in a long distance relationship with a young woman who lived a three and a half hour drive away from me. Maintaining this relationship required much in the way of highway driving.

One time, while I was driving home, I saw a silvery-white deer run out of the ditch and charge my car. It jumped on my hood, crushing it in. It jumped on the roof of my car, crushing it down upon me, then jumped past my car and ran away. I couldn’t watch where it went, as I was still driving.

Luckily, the highway was empty of traffic.
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