A Hypothetical Theological Dialogue – April 24, 2008

This is a hypothetical theological dialogue, which I like to do, from time to time. Much depends on interpretation of scripture. For example, let’s take the passage where Christ says “greater works then this will you do.” If you listen to an Anglican minister, they would say that “the collective Christian community” would do greater works. If you ask a Pentecostal minister, they would say that you could do miracles via the Holy Spirit.

So can we have a dialogue between Roman Catholicism and Christian Science? A starting point would be the passage from 1 Corinthians 15:28, where God will become “all in all”. Can this be interpreted as Panentheism? Panentheism is discussed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panentheism. But if this is the starting point, then is this Christ speaking in a cosmic form? I remember a theologian once commenting on “I am the way, the truth, and the life”, by posing a question. Is this Christ speaking as Jesus the human, or the Logos (see the gospel of John)? And if this is the case, could then the Christian Scientist have a vision of God outside of time? In other words, see creation as God always sees it – while humans see it in time (starting and ending)? Well, I pose the question for theological and philosophical reflection, in a “hypothetical” context.

Randy Kemp



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