This post is heavily influenced by my favorite theologian which we all know at this point 😉
When talking about God it is important to draw out the content of what the Trinity and Gospel reveal to us. It is important not to speak of simply a monotheistic God that would be the starting point of Deism. For if one starts at that road one will by reason lose the very God that has reveled himself to us.
- As the infinite Source of all things, God totally transcends the creation.
- Yet God’s otherness is not remote from creation. God’s being is also Word – infinitely self-communicating, infinitely accessible.
- And God’s being is Spirit – infinitely reaching out, infinitely gathering, infinitely opening creatures to God’s self-communication.
- The central vision of Christian monotheism is not hierarchy but self-communicating love.
- The “power” of God is not domination but God’s infinite capacity to achieve love’s purposes.
- The triune God revealed in the gospel is the one God of Israel. There is no difference between the “God of the Old Testament” and the “God of the New Testament”. The differences are of degrees of revelation, as well as the contexts in which revelation was received.
- What a triune God wants from creatures is not primarily submission, obedience, or service, but loving participation.
- Christian spirituality is a spirituality of pilgrimage in love. It is about the journey of the human person into an ever fuller participation in love.
- Thus through the power of the Spirit, the world that God makes is a world of irreducible difference. This difference echoes the dynamic triunity of God’s own life: God himself is rich in relations, and irreducible differences constitute the unity and harmony of God’s own life as Father, Son and Spirit. Through the Spirit, creatures therefore echo God’s own richness of difference – so that the plurality of the created world forms a symphony of praise to the life of its creator.