Theology Fun #1: God as the personification of an abstract idea

According to Louis Berkhof, someone called Shailer Mathews said that God is:

Our conception, born of social experience, of the personality-evolving, personally responsive elements of our cosmic environment with which we are organically related.

Say, what?

You might need to read that twice. Mathews, evidently, is one of those who holds to a view of God that he’s nothing more than “the personification of a mere abstract idea”.

Cool phrase. Not one I can buy into, though, it has to be said.

Next time I talk to God I’ll ask Him what it’s like personifying abstract ideas all day and whether it gets a bit boring.

Meantime, feel free to flip to page 25 of Berkhof’s Systematic Theology for more on this. Enjoy!


Author: mark1408

Over 50 years' experience of being me. Working in the world of IT and writing in the hope of making you think, laugh or at least read more of my stuff.

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