“God Can Be Experienced But Not Explained”

Over at WaPo’s Faith section, Martha Woodroof has posted a dreary piece that discourages people from asking religious questions or seeking answers.  Here are some of the more defeatist excerpts:

  • As people of faith, should we concern ourselves with God’s nature, relatives, ways and history?  I, for one, think we should not. It seems to me that we can’t really know anything about those subjects.
  • Yet, as I see it, any recognition and acceptance of reality (an obligation inherent in faith) must include a recognition that God is now, and shall forever remain, unknowable.
  • In other words, as a person living in partnership with the great Whatever, I do have to accept down to my painted toes that God is an inscrutable, ineffable, unknowable mystery.
  • The mystery that is God is–period. End of philosophy. End of theology.
  • Once we accept Mystery’s presence in our lives–once we give up any hope of understanding God in the way we understand other things–we also have to give up any hope of understanding the ways in which God works.

At the end of her remonstrance, Woodroof asks readers to comment.  My favorite comes from Catherine3:

Well this is profoundly unhelpful.  God just has to be experienced.  How?  No idea.  Swell.  Thanks a lot.

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