Hi and welcome to another in the series Theology
in 120 seconds, more or less. I’m David Bell.
Today the topic is anatheism. That’s a quirky new/old word coined a decade
or so ago. It means the movement of thought
back to belief in God. It comes from the two Greek
words ana=through and theos=God.
There’s some highly intelligent theological and philosophical reasoning
behind this clear concept in a single word. It’s a word capturing an idea whose time has
come: a playful, powerful logos
to conjure with. How did it arise?
A lot of people have a religious background but they outgrow it.
The old theologies don’t make sense in the contemporary world.
Hence, I guess the huge dropout from churches and other faith groups.
Many become agnostic or atheistic. Others retain a sense of spirituality
but with no appetite for institutional religions. Yet, they realise eventually that something
vital has been lost. They are no longer connected
with an aspect of their being which is fundamental to their well-being.
They have lost the sense of God and have become aware of how empty and void
life is without it. Is it possible to gain a new sense of God,
a maybe kind of God? The God we lost in our journey
away from faith communities had to be lost.
The maybe God we find in our journey through and towards a new spirituality,
a renewed religious outlook is altogether different from the God we outgrew.
This the exploration of theologians such as Richard Kearney writing about anatheism as
God-after-God. He says that it’s the way of
seeking after the things we know can never be proven
yet are still true in the life of the maybe-God. Scientists such as Rupert Sheldrake have also
written about anatheism. It’s a return to God after
passing through �the purifying fires of atheism.�
That won’t be music in the ears of the more militant atheists
but for those who are still mindful of what they have lost
may be it will signal a way through, a way to return.
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