Friday, July 03, 2015

Some Quotes from "On the Mystery" by Catherine Keller

Just finished reading On the Mystery: Discerning Divinity in Process by Catherine Keller. Here are some pithy quotes that I feel captured something meaningful I want to remember.

Faith is not settled belief but living process. It is the very edge and opening of life in process. To live is to step with trust into the next moment: into the unpredictable. from Prologue

But, of course, the Bible virtually never gives any abstract definition of God.      One of the (two) times it seems to, it announces: “God is love” (1 John 4: 16). Does this suggest some changeless and dispassionate paternal entity? Or rather a mystery of infinite relationship? p16

We are indelibly marked by our past. We cannot escape the process of being influenced and of influencing. But we may exercise creative freedom within it. p22

we do not exist outside of our relationships. We become who we are only in relation: we are network creatures. p32

The universe in its persistent becoming is richer than all our dreamings. —STUART KAUFFMAN  quoted on p45.*  

 *It comes from Kauffman's Investigations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), 139

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