Segments in this Video

Questions About Culture and Religion (03:35)


People question traditions and institutions today, turning upside-down their beliefs about marriage, the environment, religion, and government, to name a few. These questions demand a spiritual foundation and self-critical approach to life.

Conceptualization of God (03:33)

The image of God is personalized for most people. Those who believe in God feel they belong to him, and credit him for guidance in their lives.

Progressive Spirituality (04:20)

Bishop John Shelby Spong teaches a new Christianity for a new world. Many people are on a journey in search of spirituality and connection with the Divine. Religious attitudes and beliefs are changing.

What Is the Image of God? (02:54)

In the West, many Christians think of God as a personality--and in so doing may be creating God in their own image. Human beings can have no idea what it means to be God, yet they experience God in their lives.

Search for a Meaningful God (03:17)

God is of a different order of reality, one that human beings do not have the words for. God is transcendent, beyond what humans know. Is God a presence or a being? Old religious symbols no longer satisfy contemporary Christians.

Great Awakening of the Spirit (03:13)

On a grand scale, humans are insignificant, yet they must find a balance between Divine grandeur and personal humility. The world needs a Great Awakening of the human spirit

Towards a Pluralistic Society (03:30)

The world is moving into new consciousness, new awareness, new social systems, and new cultural requirements. The world itself is so imperiled that wise people of multiple traditions and religions must pool their wisdom to awaken the human spirit.

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The Ground of Being: Approaches to Conceptualizing God

Part of the Series : Beyond Theology
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In contemplating a supreme being, some theologians have turned away from a personified depiction to adopt, instead, the broader transcendent term “the ground of Being”—a concept popularized by theologian Paul Tillich. Speaking primarily from the Christian point of view, this program explores the personal and therefore subjective nature of conceptualizing God, the broadening of religious discourse in the area of the more abstract aspects of numinous experience, and the perceived necessity of getting beyond both a fundamentalist reaction to the evolving theological discourse and a secular humanist dismissal of all religion in order to establish a sense of humankind’s spiritual place in the 21st-century cosmos. Participants include retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong; James Forbes Jr., of New York City’s Riverside Church; Sister Joan Chittister; religious mythologist Karen Armstrong; and Princeton University’s Robert Wuthnow. (28 minutes)

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL39589

ISBN: 978-1-60467-551-1

Copyright date: ©2007

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