A few days ago, before the sold-out Evolving Faith Conference kicked off at Montreat, ‘Science’ Mike McHargue and I were able to grab an hour together to talk about some of our most vulnerable experiences with God, and how these encounters have impacted our approaches to life.
We discuss the potent idea of panentheism – God as all-in-all – and why I’m at home with the ‘en’ (transcendent) part of this conjunction, and why he’s more comfortable with the ‘pan’ of ubiquitous immanence. This video was created for members of our Cosmic Campfire pop-up book club, but the conversation was so good we decided to make it available for you, here. Check it out!
Books Mentioned in this Dialogue
Since that Mike and this Mike (me) are big nerds, we talk about several books in our conversation. They include:
- Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science, Mike’s unforgettable memoir
- The Divine Dance: Bonus Chapter, where I discuss how my experience of God-as-Trinity changed how I see my friends and my enemies (get it free here).
- Radical Love, Omid Safi‘s bold and faithful new translation of Islamic Sufi poetry
- The Insistence of God: A Theology of Perhaps by John Caputo
- A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by the incomparable Karen Armstrong
- The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium by Walter Wink
Kindling New Questions
This was part of week zero for The Cosmic Campfire Pop-Up Book Club, Mike’s and my six-week online community with our good buddy Tripp Fuller of Homebrewed Christianity. You’re invited! We’re featuring the autobiographical contemplative and cosmological reflections of Matthew Fox, Marjorie Suchocki, Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, John Cobb, Ilia Delio, Deepak Chopra, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Loriliai Biernacki, Rupert Sheldrake and others. (We’re interviewing several of these contributors live, to boot!) It’s not too late to warm yourself by the fire – you can join us on a pay-what-you-can-afford (including free) basis at CosmicCampfire.party.
You also have a few days left to enter our Cosmic Campfire Book Giveaway, where you can win copies of the book we feature in this pop-up book club, How I Found GOD in Everyone and Everywhere. The grand prize winner wins this + 11 other amazing interfaith, contemplative, science-and-spirituality tomes. If you haven’t yet, enter here! If you’ve already entered, there are 11 other ways you can have more entries.