September 19-B, 2022

Cunningham Cabin 02 06/24/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming
To get a sense of the world beyond theology,
we would have to go back to the Garden of Eden.
Once Adam and Eve ate the Forbidden Fruit,
theology was born,
and we had the world as it is today.

The Knowledge of Good and Evil
is theology.
"This is Good, that's Evil!"
is theology.

Drawing lines.
Closing doors.
Saying how things ought to be.
And what will happen to those
who don't do it that way...
And giving us the world as it is.

That's theology for you.

It is amazing how many people like theology
and do not want to live beyond it.
Having to choose for themselves 
what needs to be done
and when, where and how to do it
is too much for them,
and they demand that someone 
assume the responsibility from them
and tell them what to do,
when, where and how to do it,
with the authority of God and Ages Past,
or they cannot go on.

Live beyond theology if you dare.
Otherwise, do what they tell you to do.
The choice is yours.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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