May 09-B, 2023

Dawn Silhouettes 01 12/06/2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina
One of my problems with theology
is its readiness to refuse all questions
that cannot be answered 
by taking every assertion on faith.

"This is so because I take it on faith,"
is a declaration demanding 
that everyone within hearing distance
of the speaker
walk away.

Intellectual inconsistencies become 
"great paradoxes"
that have to be taken on faith
because there is no way to square them
with the facts of existence.

Here is my solution to all things
metaphysical: Ariadne's Thread.
With a twist.

Ariadne gave Theseus a ball of thread
to unwind as he traversed the Labyrinth
to slay the Minotaur
so he could find his way out.

I take it to be a magical Thread of Inquiry
that leads us into the maize/labryinth
in search of truth/realization,
which, when found,
opens to another maize/labyrinth,
and to another,
and another...

Truth/realization leads to
truth/realization on a never-ending
journey along The Way
following the magical Thread of Inquiry.

It works like this:

Ask all of the questions that beg to be asked
of all of the statements that cry out to be said.

One question leads to another statement,
one statement leads to another question.
Questions lead to questions.
Statements lead to statements
which lead to questions.

That is all there is forever.
There are no absolutes.
There is no end of the line
of questions/answers/questions/answers...

"An answer is a step on the way
to a better question."

I don't know who said that first
but it remains valid over time.

Theology is the end of all questions.
It is a labyrinth without a thread.
It goes nowhere.
Just walk away,
following your questions and answers
wherever they take you.


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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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