A subtler and more interesting criticism -- in this case, actually a literary one -- is that Miles cannot maintain a consistent view of God's
dual nature as character and author.
As the Church teaches, Mary, the masterpiece of God's
creation, we honour above all other saints.
The death of Jesus served to restore God's
honor and thus restore order in the universe.
Instead, who we are as God's
people and the way God acts are always communal.
True, problems can arise with some of God's
people, but that isn't quite the same.
When I go to God, not directly, but through Mary, I am echoing God's
choice to come into the world, not directly, but through a human being.
Romans 3:24 speaks of God's
gift ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) of grace.
The whole enterprise of theodicy -- of justifying God's
ways to man, or rewriting the definition of God such that God can be justified -- failed long ago, before feminist theology got hold of it, before Job's comforters got hold of it.
A spiritual director can only assist the directee to become aware of God's
action in life.
Historical de-essentialization is shot through with a reformist announcement of God's
sovereignty and the finitude or 'pilgrimage' required for witness.
as he was years ago: a lazy, self-important young man who sincerely believed he was God's
gift to Planet Earth.
However, for this occasion he decided to refer to it only indirectly, namely by emphasizing the true nature of marriage (indissoluble; between one man and one woman; established by God; necessary for procreation and handing on of God's
Revelation to the world)
In those early years of fervent Christianity, God's
mind seemed quite complicated to me, but who was I to interrogate the Creator, me being a representative of temptresses in the collapse of humanity?
One commonality of Judaism and Islam that Offal and Ricci would agree on is the notion that it's not for humans to understand God's
They are God moments, prayer, God's
presence, worship, and trust activities.