“Not pantheism, but panentheism, God is in every thing, and every thing is in God.” ~ Richard Rohr
To hear Rohr’s introduction to his penultimate work: Click Here
Christ is in the 150 year old Cottonwood Tree:
Christ is in the Stranger:
Christ is in the Squirrel:
Christ is in the Salamander:
Christ is in the “bang” :
Christ is in the Jew:
Christ is in the Muslim:
Christ is in the Atheist:
Christ is in the Artist:
Christ is in the Gardener:
Christ is in the Buddhist:
Christ is in the Queer:
Christ is in the unknown:
Christ in the tomb, is still Christ:
ανάσταση των νεκρών (anástasi ton nekrón) – The Resurrection from the dead, is here, now, and already begun.
“The resurrection is a process, not an instance. So Paul can say, “You have been risen with Christ.” (Colossians 1) You are not waiting for it, you are already in it, again metaphor. The astounding statement was that the great resurrection of the human race has already begun! The Easter message is not us saying congratulations Jesus you have been raised, it’s Jesus speaking to us saying congratulations YOU have been raised.” ~ John Dominic Crossan, The Universal Christ Conference, Session 12, Albuquerque Convention Center, March 31, 2019.~
Rohr emphasized the OVER PLAY of the cataphatic, the obsession with knowing, the ability to be ‘non’ rational as distinct from being irrational. The Apophatic, that which we do not know, is by both JDC (embrace and appreciate the unanswerable questions as mystery) and Rohr (not needing to know) is part of being what Jackie so wonderfully presented as the life long journey and quest (we are going to suffer) in “Liminal space.”
While, during the journey, in our true self we are children of God (the anointing of oil). Resurrection is transcending suffering by embracing our larger meaning, which, through this new work on the foundations of Pseudo Dionysius, St. Bonaventure, Duns Scotus, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Carl Jung, Thomas Merton, Ilia Delio, (and others) Rohr merges them to make his harmony for the case that our understanding of the intentional and providential plan in geological time of God as INCARNATE FROM THE BEGINNING was entirely lost, and that through centuries both in the protestant and catholic pursuits of theology of glory, lead the church astray.
Christ in cosmic evolution and what GOD IS NOT, that is, Socratic ignorance (learned ignorance) leads us to Kierkegaard adopted when he wrote, “to understand more and more that there is something that cannot be understood.” Richard Rohr calls this the “Second Naiveté” to knowing what we do not know, and therefore return to a life of action (the call to activism by Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis to stop crucifying Christ, example: the plastic crisis in the ocean etc, enter your five_____) and a simplicity to the contemplative life in practicing “Just this” by: being still and knowing our God, in whom the blueprint and the bang compliment each other, points to the paradox of a Universal Christ that loves things by becoming them (The Cottonwood tree, the salamander, the rock, a dog, where two or three are gathered…, YOU) God is BOTH much bigger than we could ever possibly comprehend (beyond Cosmic) AND everywhere around us (incarnational theology) at the same time!!! This is why Richard wanted to title the book, “Another name for every other thing” which did become the name of CAC’s special edition podcast. A brilliant and timely work that reclaims the blueprint, destroys nihilism, and will challenge us to act for decades.