Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Universalist Theology

None of us is fully able to perceive the truth that shines through another person’s window, nor the falsehood that we may perceive as truth. Thus, we can easily mistake another’s good for evil, and our own evil for good. A true, and therefore humble, universalist theology addresses this tendency, which we all share, while speaking eloquently to the overarching crisis of our times: dogmatic division in an ever more intimate, fractious, and yet interdependent world. It posits the following fundamental principles:

* There is one Reality, one Truth, one God.

* This Reality shines through every window in the cathedral (and out from every eye).

* No one can perceive it directly, the mystery being forever veiled.

* Yet, on the cathedral floor and in the eyes of each beholder, refracted and reflected through different ways, it plays in patterns that suggest meaning, challenging us to interpret and live by the meaning as best we can.

* Therefore, each window illumines Truth (with a large T) in a different way, leading to different truths (with a small t), and these, in differing measure according to the insight and receptivity of the beholder.

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