March 2010 Forecast – (GODISNOWHERE)

 

Recently there has been a resurgence in popular media in what some call ‘The God Debate’. Most thinking falls into one of two categories: Either ‘God Is Now Here’ or ‘God Is Nowhere’. In Acts 17, the Apostle Paul is wading through the same waters and its from there that we’ll be taking our lead this next month. Our aim will be to exegete the anti-God vibe that exists in our culture not in an attacking or defensive way (as some continue to do), but instead in a fashion that both legitimizes the questions and people who hold this worldview. In addition, our hope is that this series will lead to informed conversations while also creating fertile soil to form Christian response and engagement.

Regardless of which ‘side’ one finds themselves, it’s worth taking a second look at one another.

‘Look twice, Live once’ you could say

“Where does that leave God? The kindest thing to say is that it leaves him with nothing to do, and no achievements that might attract our praise, our worship or our fear. Evolution is God’s redundancy notice, his pink slip. But we have to go further. A complex creative intelligence with nothing to do is not just redundant. A divine designer is all but ruled out by the consideration that he must at least as complex as the entities he was wheeled out to explain. God is not dead. He was never alive in the first place.” (Karen Armstrong from the Wall Street Journal)