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Who/What Is God?
Curated by Tony Jones

Do Progressive Christians have a God-talk problem? In August 2012, popular theo-blogger Tony Jones issued this challenge to fellow bloggers: "Write something substantive about God. Not about Jesus, not about the Bible, but about God."

The response was oustanding; more than 50 bloggers posted over a two-week period. Read their reflections and then add your own in the Comments Box below. (And stay tuned for future #progGOD conversations!)


Responses

A Challenge to Progressive Theo-Bloggers

A Challenge to Progressive Theo-Bloggers

Tony Jones

People don't really know what we think about God, because we don't write that much about God.

A Substantive Post About God

A Substantive Post About God

James F. McGrath

God is not a being within the universe; God is Being itself.

Pop Quiz: Talk about God

Pop Quiz: Talk about God

Teresa Blythe

The unseen reality that is the source of all life exists and is good.

God, Part 1

God, Part 1

Slacktivist

I expect to fail this challenge. And I intend to fail it in several parts.

Radical Practice Needs Deep Roots in Doctrine

Radical Practice Needs Deep Roots in Doctrine

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

A faith that engages the world will inevitably bring us face to face with suffering. 

How Do Femmevangelicals Talk about God?

How Do Femmevangelicals Talk about God?

Jennifer D. Crumpton

Trying to understand everyday experiences is the beginning to understanding God.

Something about God

Something about God

Janet Davis

I generally find God using freedom and largeness and otherness to engage me.

Why I Don't Care about Conversions

Why I Don't Care about Conversions

Denika Anderson

Because God is bigger than a nightclub bouncer with a list of names; you're in, you're out.

Challenge Accepted: If You Want to Know God, You Better Find Somebody to Love

Challenge Accepted: If You Want to Know God, You Better Find Somebody to Love

Tim Suttle

If we want to know God, we have to participate in the mission of God.

God Talk

God Talk

Elizabeth Gaucher

The nature of God is individual.

Something Substantive about God

Something Substantive about God

But Not Yet

I had to give up the image of God as an old man with a beard hurling lightning bolts.

Got God?

Got God?

Frederick Schmidt

What we have is a "talk-to-God" and a "let-God-speak-through-us" problem.

God Is Participatory

God Is Participatory

Steve Knight

Where does God's action end and our participation begin?

Getting Theological: God

Getting Theological: God

Caryn Riswold

If I'm created in the image of God, so are you; even and especially when we don't have the same image.

God, Part 2

God, Part 2

Slacktivist

I try to avoid gendered pronouns for God.

God Is

God Is

Ben Howard

God is the very essence of existence. Not simply the foundation, but the thing itself.

God of Light and Illumination

God of Light and Illumination

Carol Wimmer

As a physical creature born of light, I am able to relate to the God of illumination.

God in a Box

God in a Box

Jim Fisher

Every time I think I have Him under control, He reminds me that I do not.

Who Is God?

Who Is God?

Lausten North

The term God is a placeholder for things we do not yet understand.

Thoughts on Reality

Thoughts on Reality

Pastor Ahmed

Every decision we make matters.

The Ground of Being

The Ground of Being

Scott R Paeth

In a nutshell, my approach is this: God is the ground of being.

Re: the ToJo God-blogging Challenge

Re: the ToJo God-blogging Challenge

Slacktivist

I usually ground statements about God in Jesus and the Bible, because that's how I roll.

The Image of God--Unutterable Power and Sweet Work

The Image of God--Unutterable Power and Sweet Work

Jeff Carter

We are created in the image of God in order that God's power might burn more brightly.

God Is the Artist

God Is the Artist

Metanoia

Human relationship is a work of art--an expression of the one in whose image we are created.

God Is Different

God Is Different

Jason Valendy

God is that which does not banish, destroy, give in or satisfy the "enemy."

Re: Tony Jones' Challenge to Talk about God

Re: Tony Jones' Challenge to Talk about God

Rude Works

When God seems far away, I say, "I hope in you," and He feels so close I can almost touch Him.

To Speak of God

To Speak of God

Jesse Pals

I believe God still comes around, introducing himself to me anew in his many disguises.

Tony Jones' God-Talk Dare

Tony Jones' God-Talk Dare

Jason Micheli

Christians don't just believe God created once upon a time; Christians believe God creates now and today.

Let's Talk about God. #progGOD

Let's Talk about God. #progGOD

Daniel J Adkins

When big, scary words are the main descriptors of God, we often get a God that is cold and distant.

What I Hold on to

What I Hold on to

John Vest

One way to think about God is to think about the collective human community.

Learning to See Blind

Learning to See Blind

Paul Allen

What if God chooses to present himself to different people in different ways?

Hey Tony Jones, God Is Not Real

Hey Tony Jones, God Is Not Real

Joseph Morgan-Smith

God's reality is different, deeper, more real than ours; properly speaking, God is not real.

Progressive God-Talk, Reformed Theological Method, The Doctrine of Analogy, and God's Grace in Our Knowledge

Progressive God-Talk, Reformed Theological Method, The Doctrine of Analogy, and God's Grace in Our Knowledge

Derek Rishmawy

Because there is a radical gap in reality between God and ourselves, there is also a radical gap in our knowledge.

Reverse Engineered Theology, Part One

Reverse Engineered Theology, Part One

Dave Owen-O'Quill

The church presents that God has a technical problem with the whole grace plan.

Attempting Something Substantive about God

Attempting Something Substantive about God

Edo

God is not a cosmic watchmaker.

God-Talk

God-Talk

The Secular Seeker

We accept the unknown, because it's a hell of a lot more fun than dwelling in a comfort zone.

Your God Is Too Big

Your God Is Too Big

Richard Beck

Too much emphasis on God's awesomeness leaves us ill-equipped to see God's smallness in the world.

God and the Vitality of Rational Thought

God and the Vitality of Rational Thought

Ross Christopher

The way of the world seeks redemptive violence, yet God works through restoration and reconciliation.

Undefining God

Undefining God

Amy Mitchell

I find God in the things that wreck me, the things that shake me to my core.

Our Postmodern God

Our Postmodern God

Disoriented Reoriented

No era in history better suits God than the one that openly questions the ability of anyone to fully explain truth.

God in the Mouth

God in the Mouth

Riparian Church

The trouble with talking about God is that words are inadequate, and there's no arbiter of the truth of those words.

Talking God: The Tony Jones Challenge

Talking God: The Tony Jones Challenge

Drew Downs

What keeps coming back through scripture and life is the level to which God will show mercy.

In the Beginning God

In the Beginning God

Micah J Murray

Even God's own words don't do Him justice.

It's Not Necessarily about PR...#progGOD

It's Not Necessarily about PR...#progGOD

Gina Pond

I've always described "God" as being the center of a wheel, and the deities humanity worships are the spokes on that wheel.

God, My Love

God, My Love

R Jay Pearson

God, my Love. God, my Life. Living peace. Living grace. Living compassion.

Ten Definitive Statements about God

Ten Definitive Statements about God

Matt Ritchie

Sometimes God is readily known, sometimes God is impossible to find.

God Is...

God Is...

Clockwork Pastor

God is present even where evil seems to reign, because this is God's world and evil won't have the last word.

# God

# God

Zach Lind

God is the force or energy that has given me the gift of experiencing life.

My Evolving Beliefs about God #PROGGOD

My Evolving Beliefs about God #PROGGOD

Adam Walker Cleaveland

Our beliefs about God can't be set in the past, when God's hopes and dreams for the world are set in the future.

372. The Best Way to Talk about God

372. The Best Way to Talk about God

Lonetomato808

There is no God apart from relationship; God is love in relationship.

Want to Know God? Get Religion.

Want to Know God? Get Religion.

Tripp Hudgins

God is the God of a people alive and working in the world.

Who Is God? And How Do We Know?

Who Is God? And How Do We Know?

Howard Pepper

God is persuasive love, containing but somehow still beyond all that we can grasp.

Does a God of Love Ever Get Angry?

Does a God of Love Ever Get Angry?

Robert Cornwall

If God is love, is God capable of wrath?

One Post about God for Tony Jones

One Post about God for Tony Jones

Pat Green

God is bigger and more than the imagination of human opinion assigns to God, and there is no box that can contain that.

Writing Something Substantive about God

Writing Something Substantive about God

J P Serrano

God is not anything and everything we want God to be.

Mondays with MacDonald

Mondays with MacDonald

Undeception

George MacDonald's claims about God's nature.

Part One: Great Power

Part One: Great Power

Get Out from Under It

Whatever God is, He/She/It is there.

In Which I Take up Tony Jones' Challenge and Blog about God

In Which I Take up Tony Jones' Challenge and Blog about God

Travis Mamone

Love isn't just another one of God's attributes; God's primordial nature is love.

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