Sunday, April 26, 2009

Rolling Night Thought

It seems that I dislike all presidential administration equally. I admit the need for government. I am not sufficiently an archaist to doubt that, but government is tainted (call it the Christian idea of "the fall"). I think that President George W. Bush did his best. I don't think of him as a bad man. I feel much the same about President Obama. I don't think he is a bad man. Both Bush and Obama seem charming people. Governments seem to support certain interest groups; by nature, they do this. So, it is not always about partisan politics with me. That is not to say I don't have political opinions or goals. I just find that what I consider important doesn't usually seem to find a place.

I think that both Obama and Bush think and thought of government in technocratic terms, though Bush perhaps a bit less so. You hire people can do the job. A lot of Bush's aim was to undo what earlier administrations had done. It was a kind of backlash. Obama seems to restore what we have done with government over the past few decades.

Whether any of this has to do with what most concerns me, I am not certain.

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In this my personal Christian blog, I hope to be discursive and now and then critical. What I write here is tentative and tensive. I post thoughts, feelings, and observations somewhat randomly and often in immediate response to current events and posts on other blogs.

"Serendipitous Creativity" from Gordon Kaufman

"I suggested that what we today should regard as God is the ongoing creativity in the universe - the bringing (or coming) into being of what is genuinely new, something transformative; …

"In some respects and some degrees this creativity is apparently happening continuously, in and through the processes or activities or events around us and within us(…) is a profound mystery to us humans(…) But on the whole, as we look back on the long and often painful developments that slowly brought human life and our complex human worlds into being, we cannot but regard this creativity as serendipitous …

"I want to stress that this serendipitous creativity - God! - to which we should be responsive is not the private possession of any of the many particular religious faiths or systems …

"This profound mystery of creativity is manifest in and through the overall human bio-historical evolution and development everywhere on the planet; and it continues to show itself throughout the entire human project, no matter what may be the particular religious and or cultural beliefs."

Gordon Kaufman, Mennonite Life, December 2005 vol. 60 no. 4

Melville is a rational man who

"Melville is a rational man who wants God to exist. He wants Him to exist for the same reasons we all do: to be our rescuer and appreciator, to act as a confidant in our moments of crisis and to give us reassurance that, over the horizon of our deaths, we will survive." (John Updike)

And that is a problem for me.

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