If I become a Christian, you can blame these books
First was The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith by Marcus Borg
This book helped me, more than any theology class I ever took, to see Christianity and intelligent thought as fully compatible. Here is the table of contents. I finally had to take it back to the library after renewing it the maximum number of times, but I will probably buy it to keep sometime this year.
Second is The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millenium by Walter Wink
Yeah, he has this great explanation of the intertwining nature of the material and spiritual world. Yeah, he has a great explanation of what is wrong with our government.
But he changed my life with his explanation of how intercessory prayer is not only beneficial, but necessary.
"A space opens in the praying person, permitting God to act without violating human freedom."
And how to understand bad things happening.
"We may pray for justice and liberation, as indeed we must, and God hears us on the very first day. But God's ability to intervene against the freedom of these rebellious creatures is sometimes tragically restricted in ways we cannot pretend to understand. It takes considerable spiritual maturity to live in the tension between these two facts: God has heard our prayer and the Powers are blocking God's response."
So I'm still a little flustered by this little matter of God speaking to me whether through seemingly innocuous books or more dramatic ways. But I'm working on a coherent response.
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