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Flipped author Doug Pagitt

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We all have stories in our heads about God humanity life and the meaning of it all One of the most common and misleading stories is “If I’m faithful in doing this then God promises to do that” Jesus didn’t believe it and neither should you God does not insist that you play by the rules before he will respond to you A careful readi Flipped is a book about seeing the message of the Bible through a different lens Or to use the author’s word taking what we believe to be true about scripture and doing a flip In this book Doug Pagitt take the reader through a number of instances in which Christ “flipped” the conventional understanding of the time and revealed the real meaning behind his message On one hand Pagitt is correctly identifying how Christ entered the world in order to correct things which had become disordered from God’s purposes The problem however is that he fails to see that when Christ “flipped” the conventional understanding of how we relate to God there is no longer a need for him or anyone else for that matter to come along and flip it back over That appears to be what Pagitt has done in many instances in his bookOne of my immediate concerns when I began to read the book is the language used to describe God’s ontological existence Throughout the book Pagitt centers his anecdotes around Paul’s words in Acts 1728 “For in him we live and move and have our being”This was a flipping point for Pagitt and he spends a great deal of time demonstrating how we are in God The problem is that he never uite defines what he means when he says that we are “in God” Paul clearly teaches us that if anyone is “in Christ” he is a new creation But is this what Pagitt means Is he speaking about what the reformers referred to as union with Christ It doesn’t appear so Rather it appears that Pagitt is making an ontological statement about God On page 40 Pagitt saysWhen I talk about all of creation being In God I’m not just using a turn of phrase As we have noted the choice of preposition sends a specific meaning Paul stated that In God we live move and exist He did not say “with god” or “at a distance from god” The preposition in is a profoundly meaningful word And flipping the order of words from “God is in all” to “All is in God” is than a semantic move It offers us a clearer honest biblical understanding of who god is and who we are In GodThe affirmation of both a God is in all and b All is in God is the classic formulation of Panentheismprocess theology Pagitt’s earlier rejection of God not being wholly other than his creation also serves to demonstrate that Pagitt is on the fast track to Process Theology and rejecting the classic formulation of God being outside of his creation Another clue to his PanentheisticProcess beliefs is his consistent capitalization of the word “In” when speaking of being in God Clearly he has something greater in mind when speaking of being in God something which like Whitehead Cobb and Hartshorne believes that our being in God itself is divineTo his credit Pagitt does a good job dispelling the popular notion that we relate to god on a transactional basis That is in an Ifthen relationship with god If I am Good Then God will be pleased with me Unfortunately he takes it too far On page 46 Pagitt pits the priests and prophets of the Old Testament against one another by saying that the priesthood operated in a transaction IfThen system based on ceremonial laws and reuirements The prophets by contrast operated on a relational system by calling for an end to the ceremonial reuirements What Pagitt clearly misses is that scripture is not giving two parallel and opposing views but that the law and prophets work together to show how Christ is the fulfilment of the law The law and gospel therefore are not opposed to one another but the prophets foretold of the time when the reuirements of the law would be fulfilled in Christ Pagitt misses this over and over again in his

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Ng of the Bible will free all of us from trying to make a deal with God inviting us instead to live in God How would your life change if you flipped your understanding of God Doug Pagitt takes a new look at provocative statements made by Jesus Paul and the prophets Jesus turned the tables on religious assumptions every time he began with Great read surrounding a very thought provoking convicting idea

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“You have heard it said but I say to you” Paul uoted a pagan poet when he revealed the truth that we live move and have our being in God Come along on a journey of discovery and change leading to a flip in your view of where God is and where we are in relation to God Set aside the rules of religion and know the freedom of living in Go I chose this book because it basically lies outside of genres that I would normally gravitate to While I can't say that I hated the book I can say that I disagreed fundamentally with mostly everything that Doug Pagitt had to say There are a couple of main problems I have with this book1 I consider myself to be a fairly intelligent person but there were times during my reading where I was left pondering Uh What I just didn't get some of the points that Pagitt was trying to make2 This man stated that he was a pastor Maybe it's not very open minded of me but I feel that this pastor has missed the main point of the Gospel and what Jesus was trying to sayI understand that Pagitt's point is to flip the traditional thinking of God and religion and depending on your belief system this book may be wonderful or horrible to you There were some ideas that I did agree with I do feel that we should not be trying to hide or live with IfThen thinking God does not want us to simply do good in the hope that he will do something good for us That's not the point Bad things still happen to good people and it's not necessarily God punishing them for their choices Sometimes bad things happen from bad choices Sometimes bad things just happen But I do completely disagree that we should just do whatever we want where ever we want with whomever we want We SHOULD be trying to live Godly lives based on Jesus' example knowing that we will NOT ever be perfect because we're human We WILL make mistakes and that's why we have a God who offers forgiveness when we mess up While Pagitt didn't directly say anything like this if we are ALL in God does that mean it's okay to murder others or live a life of addiction or abuse your spouse or children It just makes me uestion his point Shouldn't those people be ashamed of their actions Shouldn't they want to repent Overall I felt that Pagitt wrote well but I just can't get on board with this flip Chaos in the Capital City revealed the truth that we live move and have our being in God Come along on a journey of discovery and change leading to a flip in your view of where God is and where we are in Cowboy at the Crossroads relation to God Set aside the Cowboy Brigade rules of A Cowboy's Pursuit religion and know the freedom of living in Go I chose this book because it basically lies outside of genres that I would normally gravitate to While I can't say that I hated the book I can say that I disagreed fundamentally with mostly everything that Doug Pagitt had to say There are a couple of main problems I have with this book1 I consider myself to be a fairly intelligent person but there were times during my A Cowboy Summer reading where I was left pondering Uh What I just didn't get some of the points that Pagitt was trying to make2 This man stated that he was a pastor Maybe it's not very open minded of me but I feel that this pastor has missed the main point of the Gospel and what Jesus was trying to sayI understand that Pagitt's point is to flip the traditional thinking of God and Showdown with the Sheriff religion and depending on your belief system this book may be wonderful or horrible to you There were some ideas that I did agree with I do feel that we should not be trying to hide or live with IfThen thinking God does not want us to simply do good in the hope that he will do something good for us That's not the point Bad things still happen to good people and it's not necessarily God punishing them for their choices Sometimes bad things happen from bad choices Sometimes bad things just happen But I do completely disagree that we should just do whatever we want where ever we want with whomever we want We SHOULD be trying to live Godly lives based on Jesus' example knowing that we will NOT ever be perfect because we're human We WILL make mistakes and that's why we have a God who offers forgiveness when we mess up While Pagitt didn't directly say anything like this if we are ALL in God does that mean it's okay to murder others or live a life of addiction or abuse your spouse or children It just makes me uestion his point Shouldn't those people be ashamed of their actions Shouldn't they want to The Conqueror's Lady / The Mercenary's Bride / His Enemy's Daughter repent Overall I felt that Pagitt wrote well but I just can't get on board with this flip


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  1. says:

    What is the Gospel? In any teaching or book on the bible who God is God’s purpose how that uestion is answered reveals if there is any Gospel In Flipped there is no Gospel There are parts of the Gospel but not the whole Gospel The Gospel is bad news ending with the Good News The bad news is we are hostile towards God Our hearts hardened towards God and it is Him pursuing us It is a realization that God is holy and he is sovereign All have sinned We are saved by Grace and not by good works that we may boast The Good News is Jesus Jesus lived the life we could not and died the death we deserve How do we respond? Flipped Experiencing God in a Whole New Way does not reflect the gospel “A transactional system demands near constant denial of who are and what we want That system tells us that we should be concerned with what God wants while setting our desires It presumes that our desires are at odds with God’s and does not and does not leave room for “what do you want? Story” This statement is saying in essence that the Gospel is about me The Gospel is about Christ As the Lord’s prayer thy Kingdom come thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven is not about my desires but about God As we grow in Christ our desires become His May I decrease and Christ increaseHis teaching on the woman who gave all she had ”Be like this woman He was saying “be careful or will be like this woman This system will leave you penniless and broke It will take all you’ve got and leave you with nothing to live on” It was as if he were saying “For the rich this works fine But for those who have given all they have they end with nothing Jesus was not using this woman’s example of her faith but pointing her out as the victim of the temple’s reuirements” Christianity at its core is persecution and sacrifice Not a sacrifice of look at me but a sacrifice of what are we willing to give up for the Kingdom The reality is we are always sacrificing When both parents work and I did for my oldest and was able to stay home for my youngest than a sacrifice is made Sacrifice is choosing one thing over the other What are we choosing over the Kingdom? What are choosing over our families? There were many “flipped” scenarios; however I will digress so I won’t be writing my own book The Gospel is something we are living 247 365 days a year from the beginning to the end The Gospel is good news because we have grace Not cheap grace but a grace made precious by the cross We do not live the Gospel 100 perfectly It is not perfection but faithfulness Living our life in faithfulness to the character of God his word and the work of Christ with prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit A Special Thank you to Convergent Books Blogging for Books and Netgalley for ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review


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    President Obama promised to fundamentally transform the United States of America He has inflipped many respects delivered on that promise with the unveiling of the Affordable Health Care Act and a host of executive orders that are in the final analysis out of step with American values But give credit where credit is due The transformation the president promised has taken place Now Americans wait for the painful conseuences to set inIn Doug Pagitt's latest book Flipped the author sets out to fundamentally transform the classic view of God This transformation is creative and innovative It is intuitive and will attract the attention of many readersPagitt sets forth three goals at the beginning of the bookTo see that changing your mind drawing new conclusions and engaging new ideas all lie at the heart of Jesus's message and lifeTo behold the big beautiful story of God as you find new ways to live in itTo invite readers to a full and vibrant life in GodThe basic idea that runs through this book is what the author refers to as a flip which is nothing short of revising one's views about God Scripture and the Christian life in general Pagitt adds The Flip at the center of this book is one that turned me around as a pastor and a Christian writer as well as my personal life and faithThe Flip That FloppedSeveral flips are addressed in this work But the one that keeps surfacing concerns a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of God At the heart of this book is a commitment to panentheism This worldview also known as process theology is a radical departure from the traditional understanding of God yet is receiving a hearing in the emergent church and some liberal churches One might consider such a view a halfway house between theism and pantheism But make no mistake panentheism is outside the scope of historical orthodoxyAll is in God?To be fair the author never uses the word panentheism Yet this panentheistic theme runs throughout the book Pagitt argues God is not a separate single subject If God were not a separate being from all things in the cosmos then we need not simply say God exists We can say that God is existence All is in God Such language is the classic lingo of panentheismMy initial impression Surely this is a typo The author can't possibly mean what he is saying But as I continued to read my suspicions were confirmed All that exists is In God writes Pagitt He tries to justify this flip by appealing to the rationale from Acts 1728 where Paul uotes Epimenides of Crete In him we live and move and have our beingIn addition to promoting panentheism the author posits the notion of universalism Beyond that the power of God that was alive in Jesus is alive in us In short the fullness of God is active in humanity without assistance from any religious system He continues Instead we can recognize that all people live and exist In GodEvaluationFlipped is a radical departure from the biblical understanding of God The notion that all people exist In God simply fails to match the biblical data Much to the contrary we find a distinction between the Creator and the creature Whenever one denies such a distinction he makes a dangerous theological move with several critical implications What are the implications of denying the Creator creature distinction? Misreads and misinterprets Scripture Compromises God's character Compromises biblical authority Minimizes the transcendence of God and emphasis the immanence of God in biblically inappropriate waysReaders should recall how God is truly presented in Scripture He is never presented in a panentheistic scheme ever Rather he is presented as the absolute personal God This absolute God is transcendent; that is to say he is over and above the scope of the universe He is distinct and independent of his creation Isa 5715; Isa 4010 He is preeminent Isa 4025 28; 446 8 Jonathan Edwards adds His power is infinite and none can resist him His riches are immense and inexhaustible His majesty is infinitely awful And God carries supreme authority over all Nothing rivals the supreme authority of God Job 4110; 379 14The Triune God holds all things together In a few words St Paul demonstrates both the transcendence and the imminence of God For by him all things were created in heaven and on earth visible and invisible; whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities all things were created through him and for him And he is before all things and in him all things hold together Col 116 17 ESV God is sovereign Dan 434 35 Nothing can thwart his sovereign decrees He is distinct from the created order Acts 1724 29 And the Bible tells us that God is wholly other Isa 469 This is a far cry from people who exist In GodGod is not only absolute; he is personal He cares for his creation He is intimately involved with his creation and he delights to meet the needs of his creaturesGod is the Sustainer Col 117; Heb 13 He is the Healer 2 Chron 714 He is the Protector 2 Sam 222 He is the Shepherd Ps 231 6 He is the Forgiver Rom 51 And Scripture demonstrates the ultimate love that God expressed on the Cross when Jesus died for sinners Rom 58Flipped will likely attract many readers; especially readers who are committed to theological liberalism The author seeks to fundamentally transform the vision of God by convincing readers that All that exists is In God The only problem The view presented here is dead wrongAW Tozer understood the importance of getting God right He rightly noted in his best selling book The Knowledge of GodThe gravest uestion before the Church is always God Himself and the most awe inspiring fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do but what he in his heart conceives God to be like So necessary to the Church is a lofty concept of God that when that concept in any measure declines the Church with her worship and her moral standards decline along with it The first step down for any church is taken when it surrenders its high opinion of GodMay followers of Christ heed Tozer's advice We certainly do not need to flip our views of God Any deviation from the biblical vision of God will have tragic conseuences in the church and the culture in which she seeks to minister Any flip will become a flop that ignores the clear teaching of ScriptureI received this book free from the publisher I was not reuired to write a positive review


  3. says:

    Flipped is a book about seeing the message of the Bible through a different lens Or to use the author’s word taking what we believe to be true about scripture and doing a flip In this book Doug Pagitt take the reader through a number of instances in which Christ “flipped” the conventional understanding of the time and revealed the real meaning behind his message On one hand Pagitt is correctly identifying how Christ entered the world in order to correct things which had become disordered from God’s purposes The problem however is that he fails to see that when Christ “flipped” the conventional understanding of how we relate to God there is no longer a need for him or anyone else for that matter to come along and flip it back over That appears to be what Pagitt has done in many instances in his bookOne of my immediate concerns when I began to read the book is the language used to describe God’s ontological existence Throughout the book Pagitt centers his anecdotes around Paul’s words in Acts 1728 “For in him we live and move and have our being”This was a flipping point for Pagitt and he spends a great deal of time demonstrating how we are in God The problem is that he never uite defines what he means when he says that we are “in God” Paul clearly teaches us that if anyone is “in Christ” he is a new creation But is this what Pagitt means? Is he speaking about what the reformers referred to as union with Christ? It doesn’t appear so Rather it appears that Pagitt is making an ontological statement about God On page 40 Pagitt saysWhen I talk about all of creation being In God I’m not just using a turn of phrase As we have noted the choice of preposition sends a specific meaning Paul stated that In God we live move and exist He did not say “with god” or “at a distance from god” The preposition in is a profoundly meaningful word And flipping the order of words from “God is in all” to “All is in God” is than a semantic move It offers us a clearer honest biblical understanding of who god is and who we are In GodThe affirmation of both a God is in all and b All is in God is the classic formulation of Panentheismprocess theology Pagitt’s earlier rejection of God not being wholly other than his creation also serves to demonstrate that Pagitt is on the fast track to Process Theology and rejecting the classic formulation of God being outside of his creation Another clue to his PanentheisticProcess beliefs is his consistent capitalization of the word “In” when speaking of being in God Clearly he has something greater in mind when speaking of being in God something which like Whitehead Cobb and Hartshorne believes that our being in God itself is divineTo his credit Pagitt does a good job dispelling the popular notion that we relate to god on a transactional basis That is in an Ifthen relationship with god If I am Good Then God will be pleased with me Unfortunately he takes it too far On page 46 Pagitt pits the priests and prophets of the Old Testament against one another by saying that the priesthood operated in a transaction IfThen system based on ceremonial laws and reuirements The prophets by contrast operated on a relational system by calling for an end to the ceremonial reuirements What Pagitt clearly misses is that scripture is not giving two parallel and opposing views but that the law and prophets work together to show how Christ is the fulfilment of the law The law and gospel therefore are not opposed to one another but the prophets foretold of the time when the reuirements of the law would be fulfilled in Christ Pagitt misses this over and over again in his favorite example of a “flip”; that is when Christ declares “you have heard it said but I say ” Pagitt conveniently leaves out what Christ says after each of the “you have heard it said” statements because Christ did not flip the transactional reuirement on its head he dove deeper into them“you have heard it said ‘you shall not commit adultery’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a women with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart”Christ does not do away with the reuirement he digs deeper into it Why? To show that it is impossible to keep the law and we have faith in him as the fulfillment of the law in order to be declared a law keeper This is the testimony of the prophets working in harmony with the law reuirements to show that Christ fulfills bothFlipped is full of theological problem after theological problem I’ll only mention two here On page 53 Pagitt declares that we do not have the need for a mediator an adapter in his vocabulary because we already live and move and have our being in God“The good news that we hear from Paul is that we live move and exist In God We can live without a religious adapter”The illustration of the adapter is one that Pagitt uses to describe our being able to commune with God as an electronic device communicates with another device An adapter is needed because the two devices are different from one another Pagitt misses the clear teaching of scripture that in becoming man Christ became that adapter for us He is both God and man and in him we have a mediator allowing us to commune with GodLastly although I could go on Pagitt makes a mess of the redemption story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac Pagitt won’t let himself believe in a God who asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son and so he “flips” the story on it’s head Instead of a beautiful picture of god sending his own son as a substitute Pagitt reasons that God Yahweh did not ask Abraham to sacrifice Isaac but instead it was the gods elohimplural for god in Hebrew of the Canaanite religion he left behind in Ur His reasoning makes enough sense linguistically Elohim is a word used to describe than one god and is often used of false Gods Pagitt reasons since the word changed from Yahweh the one true God to Elohim that it was the voice of satanic gods who convinced Abraham to sacrifice Isaac Again to give him credit this works linguistically Elohim is used for the true God of Israel and of false gods The problem is that after God spares Isaac we have the following account“And the angel of the LORD Yahweh called to Abraham a second time and said; “By myself I have sworn says the LORD Yahweh because you have done this and have not withheld your son your only son I will surely bless you”The context gives light to the uncertain use of Elohim in this event and makes it clear that it was Yahweh who both asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son and rewarded him for being willing to do soThe problems with Flipped are too many to recount here The thing is I believe that Pagitt has some legitimate complaints against how Christianity is lived out He has identified some real problems within Christian living However his solution of flipping everything is a faulty solution and ends up creating problems than it addresses Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Convergent Books an imprint of Crown Publishing Group in exchange for a review I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


  4. says:

    Don’t miss this one Pagitt has the interesting writing style fresh Bible interpretations and anecdotal stories to keep you turning pages while he presents his Progressive Christian outlook He even throws in a little Einstein as he explains what it means to be the light of the worldFlipped is about turning everything over and seeing it fresh Your concept of God will be turned on its head Here’s a clue Pagitt’s favorite phrase may come from the book of Acts “In God we live move and exist”Pagitt wants to free us from what he calls an IfThen service or a Transaction System in which we bargain with God If we do this then God will do that If we believe this God will provide that If we can discard the idea of conditional existence in God then we become free to just be To live in the moment to become part of the whole to see every human being as existing “in God”I really enjoyed this bookConvergent Books © 2015 212 pagesISBN 978 1 60142 637 6


  5. says:

    What encouraged me about Doug Pagitt was page 62 The message of Jesus is that God connects directly with humanity Jesus brought together God and humanityI have huge reservations and uestions about the belief that we as humans are divine or parts taken from the divine pages 121 156 167 If we possess divinity inherently why would Jesus need to pay for our sins? Why didn't we save ourselves? I firmly believe human beings can allow divinity inside their lives through the Holy Spirit Human nature is in itself other when compared with God Certain sections of this book do not always make this clear but it is a complex truth being discussed Creator and creation connection oneness with the God of the universe in His omnipotence and our fallibility I did enjoy many of his stories particularly the ones where the people he knows understand spiritual truths because of human physical impairment like disability Evangelicals who don't believe the theory of evolution has part in God's creation story may not consider this a valuable work


  6. says:

    Great read surrounding a very thought provoking convicting idea


  7. says:

    I chose this book because it basically lies outside of genres that I would normally gravitate to While I can't say that I hated the book I can say that I disagreed fundamentally with mostly everything that Doug Pagitt had to say There are a couple of main problems I have with this book1 I consider myself to be a fairly intelligent person but there were times during my reading where I was left pondering Uh What? I just didn't get some of the points that Pagitt was trying to make2 This man stated that he was a pastor Maybe it's not very open minded of me but I feel that this pastor has missed the main point of the Gospel and what Jesus was trying to sayI understand that Pagitt's point is to flip the traditional thinking of God and religion and depending on your belief system this book may be wonderful or horrible to you There were some ideas that I did agree with I do feel that we should not be trying to hide or live with IfThen thinking God does not want us to simply do good in the hope that he will do something good for us That's not the point Bad things still happen to good people and it's not necessarily God punishing them for their choices Sometimes bad things happen from bad choices Sometimes bad things just happen But I do completely disagree that we should just do whatever we want where ever we want with whomever we want We SHOULD be trying to live Godly lives based on Jesus' example knowing that we will NOT ever be perfect because we're human We WILL make mistakes and that's why we have a God who offers forgiveness when we mess up While Pagitt didn't directly say anything like this if we are ALL in God does that mean it's okay to murder others or live a life of addiction or abuse your spouse or children? It just makes me uestion his point Shouldn't those people be ashamed of their actions? Shouldn't they want to repent? Overall I felt that Pagitt wrote well but I just can't get on board with this flip


  8. says:

    Flipped was our latest Tuesday morning book study and follows uite a few other books we have read regarding ways that a number of contemporary Christian theologians are looking at the teachings of the New Testament that bring what they feel is a accurate version of what Jesus taught and that they feel have been distorted through the years A vast simplification of Pagitt's theme in the book is his own major flip from what he calls transactional religion believing that those who follow Jesus's teaching will be rewarded and that those who don't will be punished to an acceptance that we and all others are accepted and loved by God He introduces many of his flips with times Jesus initiated a point with You have heard that it is said that but I say onto you Paggit states as his one reliable guide in interpreting the flips is that Love is never the wrong wayWhile this sounds pretty straight forward the implications of his points change what many worshipers and that includes Christians and also those of other religious faiths have grown up believing and the accompanying self righteous feeling that theywe have the truth and are in the in group while others are lost and need to either be saved or rejected Actually my observation what many religious wars are based on At the time Doug Pagitt wrote this book he was serving as one of the pastors of a relatively new church called Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis MN He refers occasionally to Solomon's Porch and he may have been one of the founders but is not listed as one of its current pastors From what I've been able to learn it is a very different type of worship service and life guide After tossing these kind of ideas around for the past couple of years We have now chosen as our next book one that will be focusing on how some people are living a life based on love and acceptance as exemplified by Bryan Stevenson in his memoir Just Mercy


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    To flip is to convert Doug Pagitt is a thoughtful and generous spirit who experienced a theological conversion a few years back and that set in motion another series of conversionary moments what he terms flips That theological conversion is to what theologians would call panentheism though Doug never names it For on a panentheistic or process vision check out Bruce Epperly What Doug came to understand is that rather than God being in us we are in God This changes the dynamics of life for all of life is taken up in GodThus the God he encountered is not one who is in the judgment business but the love business Christian faith is relational not transactional if you do this I'll do that This is a good starting point for exploring the uestion of what living in God might look like It is written for the inuirer the person who is new to faith or considering faith The fact that the numbers of those outside the religious sphere of influence is growing fast Doug has a ready audience It is written in a breezy often auto biographical style Doug is after all a good story tellerIf you find Doug intriguing then maybe try out Bruce's smaller introduction to process theology


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    It's been a little while since I've read anything by Doug Pagitt I'm glad this is the book I picked up to refresh my reader's relationship with an author I've been flipping many of the stories of my youth from the Bible these past few years by reading them through a different lens So to see this book talk about that and put a framework around that was lovely Finding common ground after years of feeling trapped brings freedom In particular the flippingreframingof the story of Abraham sacrificing Issac was lovely That story has been one of my most hated stories and has never aligned with my picture of God Pagitt's explanation and thoughtfulness bringing that new thought forward made me nearly weep with relief God IS in that story but just not in the way that the church has taught it for so long Having confirmation that the transactional nature of the relationship of Christians to God is false and not the blessing it is sold as is a reminder that I can trust my own Spirit to be inline with the Spirit of God God is in meand importantly I am IN God In God I live and move and have my being


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