December 31, 2015 Edward Feser on whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Share Get link Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Other Apps 60 comments
Would that we gave Christ more devotion.
Two brief thoughts:
1. I appreciate your concern but I don't feel that it is a cause for worry. Fundamental to Christian theology is the notion that God is radically other, that as Creator there is nothing in creation that is exactly like God. So the fact that every analogy for God has weaknesses is no surprise. In the nature of the case one simply cannot eradicate mystery here for God is ... God.
2. I am more surprised at your second comment and I am a little unsure how to reply as I am unclear where you are coming from. What it sounds like (reading between the lines) is that you are saying that Jesus is not God (as you reject the Trinity) but that you wish that we would worship him instead of God. But surely that cannot be your point! So you will need to clarify or I'll just be talking in the dark. What was equally confusing about your second point was that it presupposes that Christians do not give Christ enough devotion. I am unclear as to why you would think this — Jesus is at the heart of all Christian worship.
There may be no analogies that can describe how God is in Himself, how the intertrinitarian relationships are to be understood, but that is not mainly what should concern us. That is why the Bible does not speak about the metaphysics of the Trinity, but about how the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit relates to us and our world as our parental creator and provider, as our Lord and redeemer and as our life-giver, sanctifier and fellowship-gatherer. Most of the Christians I know have no technical understanding of the Trinity whatsoever and can probably be best described as either partial modalists or binitarians (but they know nothing of these either), but I honestly don't think this matters much.
You are correct about the sun analogy. I almost made that point when I posted the video and then I thought, "Nah, it would take the fun out of the video clip."