Z-Theory #6: The Promotion of Dialog
"Faith seeks understanding" (St. Anselm, 1033-1109). Mine is no different. I do not wish to adopt a belief system to satisfy those of the same belief system in circular self-affirmation. In an effort to find a suitable structure of thought to understand what I believe, I have come up with this z-theory. I am certain it is nothing new, but as old as the sun. However, it is a new way of thinking for me that has unlocked the shackles of fundamentalism from my mind and liberated my thinking. I now experience a new level of joy and freedom I have not known before. I wish to share it with my readers because I believe it is helpful. I am certain that this theory is a structure for thinking about reality that is not offensive to anyone of any faith, religion, philosophy, or non-faith, etc., but in fact useful to all people of every persuasion. Being that I find myself a Christian, and a pastor of a church at that (I've been reminded of that many times lately!), I find this theory can be constructive to the Christian faith. I do so for these reasons:
- It is Trinitarian in form: God, God Incarnate, God the Spirit.
- It acknowledges the transcendence of the Absolute, the Almighty, the All Above All... Father, God, and Lord.
- It is Christocentric. God Incarnate, dethroned, condescended from non-Being to being. The only way we are connected to the Transcendent is in the son of man.
- It embraces the Spirit, which is the spirit of the Christ who lived truth, justice and love, which is at work concretely in all relationships.