Wednesday, January 20, 2010

more from Westphal...

"[T]he God of theism is personal, while the God of pantheism is impersonal. But if theistic discourse is to 'cash in' on this difference, so that it makes a difference, it will have to keep impersonal ('metaphysical') categories from becoming the tail that wags the dog. While recognizing that they point to important truth, it is crucial also to recognize that they point beyond themselves to personal ('moral') categories that are more nearly adequate to their intended referent."

In other words, if all you have is a God determined by metaphysical attributes (omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, etc), you're missing a major portion of the Gospel.

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