These posts are not notes for a “systematic theology,” merely essays to put into words what is beyond words.  Experience of the Real transcends any of our efforts to describe the Real in the language of belief.

In The Religious Case Against Belief (2008), James Carse analyses the error he sees in most of our arguments over religion:

  • Belief systems are “comprehensive networks of tenets that reach into every area of thought and action.” They claim to define all that needs to be known, they mark the boundary beyond which orthodox thinking must not go, and they name anything and anyone beyond that boundary as enemy.
  • Religions may produce belief systems, yet “they are not at their core intelligible, and they are saturated with paradox.”

Carse write that, unlike the Roman civitas, a society ruled by law and structured by clear lines of authority, a religion is a communitas stretching across time and space, a “spontaneous gathering of persons who identify themselves and one another as members of a unified body.”

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