it possible for people, and even for a whole society, to
lose faith in God? ... [If] it happens, [it is] not
primarily because something they used to think existed does
not after all exist, but because the available language
about God has been allowed to become too narrow, stale and
spiritually obsolete ... the work of creative religious
personalities is continually to enrich, to enlarge and
sometimes to purge the available stock of religious symbols
and idioms ... (The Sea of Faith, 1984)
of different periods and cultures differ very widely; in
some cases so widely that accounts of the nature and
relations of God, men and the world put forward in one
culture may be unacceptable, as they stand, in a different
culture ... a situation of this sort has arisen ... at about
the end of the eighteenth century a cultural revolution of
such proportions broke out that it separates our age sharply
from all ages that went before (The Use and Abuse of the Bible, 1976)
by Alan Horner
"A good teacher
is an animated question mark."
What then of those who tell us
"Christ is the answer"?
Who asks the question?
And what is the question
that is asked?
One question leads to another!
Answers close off the possibilities
and assume there is no more
to be said. With Christ,
there is always more.
Is it not better to live
with the question he asks,
rather than the answers
the Church is inclined to give?
Says he, asking