There’s a sci-fi book in which time travel becomes possible. When a time-traveller goes to the past, however, he/she finds that the past is immutable – one cannot so much as pick up a blade of grass (IIRC, this was mentioned in the preface to C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce). Of course, other books and movies have also played with this theme – from Back to the Future to The Butterfly Effect.
With regards to “God”, we in the West often think in very Greek terms (omniscient, infallible, omnipresent, immutable…I’m sure I’m forgetting one or two from my Christian elementary school). I’m not so sure anymore that that’s what “God” is. I tend to think now that “God” is a being completely beyond our ability to imagine, describe, grasp; yet at the same time he has chosen in some way to reveal [a part of] himself to humans, to interact with humans. As Meister Eckhart said, “The unnameable is omni-nameable”.
It’s hard (impossible) to speak for God, but I imagine that God is simultaneously in some way beyond time (hence his ability to hear all prayers at once, and the Catholic/Orthodox practice of praying for the dead), and limited or bound by time (perhaps this is a self-limitation?). He doesn’t (that we know of) change events of the past, and he doesn’t (again, to our knowledge) mandate the future or have it set in stone.
I believe that God enters into relationship with his creation – a real, two-way relationship, with the ability for both “parties” to change and be changed.
Michael Smith gave an interesting review of Jesus Camp at HollywoodJesus.com.
He makes the point that sure, the people depicted in the film are extremists, but when they use military imagery, they’re (probably) not speaking literally. They aren’t going to go on a violent rampage any time soon or support suicide bombing. They speak a different language, in which metaphor blurs with reality.
To the extent that Jesus Camp captures the mindset of Fischer [pastor of the Jesus Camp] and friends, it succeeds. But unfortunately, none of us can see beyond our own noses. Ewing and Grady [the filmmakers] view these people as enemies, not as aliens whom they do not yet understand. Even “open-mindedness” is tacitly a resistance to the most obvious truths.
I’m certainly looking forward to seeing this film. I’m sure it has its biases (don’t we all?), but it looks like it will be an outsider’s look at [what used to be my] insider reality.
I am flattered at the invitation to post at Radical Congruency. I hope that I will live up to my reputation.
I thought I’d make my first post an introduction to who I am. So…I’m Adrenalin Tim. I have a little less motivation to take over the world than some other posters here, but I do have interests in a little bit of everything: global politics, environmentalism, economics, social activism, emerging theology, self-development, spirituality, art, photography, film, history, technology…
I am a voracious reader. I am currently reading:
The Coming of the Son of Man by Andrew Perriman.
Delivered From Destraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey
The New Testament and the People of God by NT Wright
Black and White Photography by Henry Horenstein
Slacktivist’s biting review of the Left Behind series (Update: now with link! That would help…).
Lessons Learned in Software Testing by Cem Kaner, James Bach, and Bret Pettichord
I consider myself post-charismatic (thanks to Robbymac for coining the phrase). I come from a background that is as extreme as that featured in the Jesus Camp video (in fact, the wild-eyed guy in the trailer used to be my pastor).
I live in Seattle. I’m a software QA engineer. I’m a part of Seattle Metro Church, try occasionally to get the forums going at filmnite.com, and (now) I post at Radical Congruency.