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Kaufman posits God as the unfolding creative force behind creation and human creativity--a seemingly great idea. But I found his theology hugely disappointing, and only toward the end of the book, when he shares the evolution of his theological thinking, did I realize why. "I have come to see that for me as for Nietzsche the traditional anthropomorphic God has long since died." Despite devoting his life to theology, Kaufman has never had a personal experience of divinity (he writes off Christian mystical tradition with a single sentence), and instead sees "God" as a worthy symbol for steering human behavior. As such, we can shape that symbol to encourage a more just and loving relationship to one another and to the planet. So he replaces the "God" symbol with the fact of unfolding creativity. What I find baffling about theologians like Kaufman is that they seem completely ignorant of the creative process--the human experience of engaging in a creative act, and how very relational this process can be. At the end of this book, I felt like Flannery O'Connor--if it's just a metaphor, to hell with it. Human beings can actively engage with a creative, loving, just source that is not simply a symbol but a lived reality. Once again, here's an example of a smart person dismissing the power of imagination. Just because humans have created "God" as an imaginative symbol does not mean that God does not exist. We co-create in relationship with this mystery.
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In his latest volume, In the Beginning … Creativity, Gordon Kaufman clarifies and broadens his argument for thinking of God as “serendipitous creativity. ...
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Gordon D. Kaufman is Mallinckrodt Professor of Divinity Emeritus at Harvard Uni-. versity Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138; ...
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