The Flying Nun

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I was reading this story and it really struck me as to how far we have fallen over the edge since I was a kid in school, I do not think Sister Margaret would have tolerated this from us students way back in 1965, but now it looks as though it is becoming an accepted fact in the higher education venues of the Catholic Theological Union. Sr. Agnes ( below) has a couple of good points, KIND of… but she blends them with a fuzzy theology and then starts the slide down the slippery slope. The key word is her use of   ” new way to look” that is a sure sign to be wary.

  • “The key, according to Sister Bergant, is to shift from an anthropocentric concentration on human suffering to a theocentric reverence for God, the Creator “

So , that sounds right on, shift the focus from us to God…. but then she adds this little dilly “of an evolving universe”

Again, buzz words, a ever so slight slip into a humanistic philosophy.

  • “According to Sister Bergant, the idea of creation as a one-time act of God is outmoded.”

Outmoded, how quaint, Lets see, since the beginning it has been Gen 2:1-2{ESV}

2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.  ( bolded text mine for emphasis )

I am sure Sr Agnes is smarter than I will ever be but when you start tinkering with the text, just to make it fit your philosophical point of view I think you do your point and the original text a disservice.

I do not know that I could debate an evolutionary wiz kid like her but I do know that finished is just that finished, Her point might be we are in an evolving universe, evolving in the tame sense of changing but i know the slippery slope will lead to “changing” into we evolved from the muck. It is just a matter of time before it will be taught in the theological center of Chicago’s Theological Union, nor do I think my little corner of the blog world will make a difference but I thought I would put it out there.

She closes with more grease for the slide. Buzz words bolded for effect.

  • Insights,reinterpretations and a new understanding…..

I am sure Sr Margaret would be spinning………..

  • “If you understand the cosmos as continually unfolding, we are talking about the dynamic power of God,” said Sister Bergant. This understanding, fueled by the insights of new science, allows a reinterpretation of static images of God. “It’s not so much I choose different images [from those of “Father” or “Protector”], it’s that I now understand the images differently in a dynamic way,” she explained.

 

Scripture scholar
Sister of St. Agnes Dianne Bergant, professor of Biblical studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, will present Congress workshops March 1 on new ways to look at familiar scripture passages such as the Book of Job. The key, according to Sister Bergant, is to shift from an anthropocentric concentration on human suffering to a theocentric reverence for God, the Creator of an evolving universe.

“Our theology comes out of a Newtonian world view where everything fits together — this is not true,” said Sister Bergant in a telephone interview with The Tidings. According to Sister Bergant, the idea of creation as a one-time act of God is outmoded.

“If you understand the cosmos as continually unfolding, we are talking about the dynamic power of God,” said Sister Bergant. This understanding, fueled by the insights of new science, allows a reinterpretation of static images of God. “It’s not so much I choose different images [from those of “Father” or “Protector”], it’s that I now understand the images differently in a dynamic way,” she explained.

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