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What we talk about when we talk about God

What We Talk About When We Talk About God, by Rob Bell.  This gets at a lot of the reasons why I don’t like normal “God talk,” but why I can’t stop paying attention to this thing that I don’t have any better word for.

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A New (Old) God and Quantum Physics: Breakfast with Rob Bell

“For many people the fundamental way we see things is that we are these individual autonomous units. But when quantum physicists start talking about how things are affected when they’re observed, that just puts us all much more into a relational space. So there is the power of the scientists in the lab and a white coat with a clipboard standing objectively over something, and there is a time and a place for that and we have lots of luxuries and conveniences because of this sort of understanding of things. But, at its core, the universe is far more inter-subjective; we are way more involved than we first realized. So, when people of faith have been talking about the relational dimensions of our existence and the importance of relationships and the awareness that things are shaping us and we are shaping other things, this isn’t a crazy idea—this is actually really well founded. So, when people talk about “good vibes” and being positive and other people being a “drain” and being toxic, we have this sort of loose language about the way we operate in the world, but there’s actually a lot of truth to it.”