A change in the basic assumptions.
In this section these thoughts are shared.
If you find them useful, then please use them.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
What we think with is fundamental to what we think about. (Fundamentalists might want to give this some serious thought!)
Paul wrote this to the church at Philippi:
whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things
If we say something 'sounds logical' or exhibits 'common sense' we are not just talking about the 'something', we are also telling our listeners what our views of logic and common sense are. But we seldom realize this. It is important to have this clear in our minds when we engage in such conversations and it is a courtesy to explain our thinking tools to avoid talking at crossed purposes.
It is also important not to agree too quickly with people who make such references because it is very easy to get fooled and end up giving our assent (and often our money and our loyalty) to something that is wrong.
Most readers will have heard about chaos, complexity and so on. These developments in thinking and perception have some useful application in theology. Bear in mind it is a recurring theme in this website that those who wish to do theology must also do ministry. We refer to the Lord's instruction in Luke 14:13Luke 14:13 (NIV)
"But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind."
However, we also take the position that theology done today must take into account the developments explored in this section.