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This is an ecumenical website of resources and reflections on liturgy, spirituality, and worship for individuals and communities. It is run by Rev. Bosco Peters.

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Let US Make

creation

Genesis 1:26-27 reads:

Then God said, ‘Let US make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’
So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

And Genesis 3:22 reads:

Then the Lord God said, ‘See, the man has become like one of US

There’s a lot of eisegesis (“the process of interpreting a text or portion of text in such a way that the process introduces one’s own presuppositions, agendas, or biases into and onto the text”) about the plural for God in Genesis. The first quote, above, is particularly popular currently as a prooftext in sexuality debates.

Christians have traditionally seen this verse as adumbrating the Trinity. It is now universally admitted that this was not what the plural meant to the original author. Gordon J. Wenham in Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 1: Genesis 1-15 (page 27).

Holy TrinityFurthermore, I have great empathy for those who wonder why the eisegesis of this text leads from a general imaging of two men and a bird to only a male and a female can live in a committed relationship.

It is certainly of interest that the plural for the deity is present in both creation accounts (P and J). Although the issue is obviously more complex than a brief blog post, to keep it simple, the honest reading of these texts leads to an interpretation that the author(s) had a monolatrous understanding.

The earlier layers of the Bible evidence not monotheism (as we would now understand this) but monolatry, “the recognition of the existence of many gods, but with the consistent worship of only one deity”. Once one recognises monolatry as the approach in early layers of the Bible, a lot of other texts suddenly make much more sense (eg. Psalm 82; even the ten commandments).

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Not Just Sunday Morning

Sunday God

Rector of St. John the Evangelist, Fr Tim Schenck writes: The weekly Saturday service at St. John the Evangelist (Hingham, MA) returns this evening at 5:00 pm. Perks include sleeping in on Sunday morning (well, for most of us), brevity, our great musician Willie Jones, Jr. doing his thing on the piano, no dressing up,Continue Reading

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Videos of Note

Videos of Note

Videos of Note

Rebecca Wilson and Jim Naughton (of Canticle Communications, a strategic communications firm working with faith-based organizations and their friends) run a forum on using social media to create community for the Church Divinity School of the Pacific: Br Guy Consolmagno SJ, Jesuit brother and president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, discusses the idea of extraterrestrials

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Wood And Trees

Rules

The recent appointment by Pope Francis of Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago is encouraging a re-look at Bishop Blase’s approach to liturgy. “Of the four most politically potent posts in the American hierarchy — the archbishops of Boston, New York, Chicago and Washington — Chicago was the first to come openContinue Reading

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Highlighting The Creed

creed wordle

Some things on this site are about current news, and it is useful to have a blog format for that. But other things on this site are useful, hopefully, year in, year out. I am still learning how best to facilitate people finding this material. Certainly, the search box on the top right of thisContinue Reading

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Doubting

Doubting

Doubting

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, made media waves when he acknowledged he has doubts. In the interview with Lucy Tegg (video above, start at 12:00 minutes in), he candidly says, “There are moments, sure, where you think ‘Is there a God? Where is God?’” When asked, “Do you ever doubt?”, he replies, “Yes. IContinue Reading

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Worship Space

Auckland Cathedral

Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral has just been reopened after being closed since the Day of Pentecost to remove a “bridge” and hanging lotus-flower-type-thing that dominated (read ‘blocked’) views from the Pacific-fale-style nave to the Gothic-Revival-influenced chancel. Here is the view as it was: Simple changes in layout, and architects starting from what is wanted/needed “onContinue Reading

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