Chapter

We are Free to Think about God

George Pattison

in Thinking about God in an Age of Technology

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279777
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603464 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199279772.003.0005
 We are Free to Think about God

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This chapter sketches possibilities for thinking about God as a counter-movement to technology, that nevertheless accepts the reality of the technological society. One still remains free to think about God, even if it is uncertain that one’s thinking answers to anything ‘real’. Such thinking is allowed by the power to think beyond any provisional world-picture that fails to do justice to the wholeness of one’s experience of the world. In mysticism, there is a perennial emphasis on allowing ourselves to be led by the mind’s longing for God. Yet, rather than self-assertion, thinking about God would have to wait upon the self-revealing gift of its object.

Keywords: freedom; thinking; God; wholeness; longing; waiting; patience; gift; gratitude

Chapter.  15900 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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