April 2019 Blog Post: “The Problem of Evil, Divine Action, and Science” by Thomas Jay Oord

Greetings all,   It is my pleasure to share with you our latest blog. It has been some time since our last post, but my hope is to have one go live on the first Friday of each month. We have an exciting schedule of posts coming up, and as always we encourage you, our Fellows and Associates, to send in suggestions and drafts for review to be considered for new content. This months post (below) is by Thomas Jay Oord, and we are excited by the thought provoking questions it raises. This blog represents some of the thinking that went into Oord's newest book, God Can’t: How to Believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse, and Other Evils (2019).    All best,   Anthony Nairn     The

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What is Wisdom? Voices from Psychology and Christian Faith

Throughout history, one tends to find at least two categorically different ways in which wisdom is understood. These might be described as a wisdom of knowing, and a wisdom of unknowing.   In Christian terms, we might call these a cataphatic wisdom, and an apophatic wisdom. A cataphatic wisdom relies on knowledge, texts, and accumulated wisdom – what is known and declared to be known. An apophatic wisdom, which recognises what one cannot know, relies on a direct and open kind of awareness. This is what John of the Cross called “the dark night of the soul”, where one leaves one’s knowing behind and plunges into the darkness of the ineffable. The former wisdom relies on longstanding traditions of meaning and knowledge – it represents a tried and

By |2017-06-12T14:19:05+01:00June 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |