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"you're packing a suitcase for a place that you've never been...a place that has to be believed to be seen"...'Walk On' by U2

WATERSHED: A voice in the wilderness. DARYL UNDERWOOD.


The concept of Centerpoint Christianity briefly stated is:

Christianity from the centerpoint outward.

Christianity from the climax forward.

This blog constitutes concepts for a new view of Christianity that begins with what is foundational and moves forward from that point. It is based on the assumption that we are being pulled towards something unseen and pushed from a place that once was.

What Centerpoint Christianity attempts to do is bypass some of the constraints imposed by metanarratives by using the life of Christ and particularly the climactic actions of Christ as beginning points.

It supports the conviction that God is essentially timeless. From this beginning point we endeavor to move outward from the definitive moment of the parousia (visitation) of Christ and forward to the future which functions as a type of magnet to "what can be--and is coming".

When we begin at the life of Christ and move outward as from the centerpoint of a web, rather than in a linear timeline of history, another wide picture emerges.

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On December 3rd, 2008 Scot McKnight, Christian Educator, blogger extraordinaire, posted this on his Jesus Creed Beliefnet sight under the heading 'Hard Questions for the Bible':

"Christopher Wright openly and honestly admits that those of us who adhere to a classic form of belief in God -- God is good, holy, loving, sovereign -- have a problem: evil. Evil is a problem for any thinking Christian -- a serious problem. Simply put: if God is good, we have to ask why there is evil. If God is sovereign, we have to ask why there is evil."

By the end of the day 42 people had taken the time to respond; many of them with well thought out comments. People think about these issues often, but seldom talk about them, and seldom try to see them in a new way.

Perhaps it takes someone 'with a bit of theological weight' to ask the questions for others to feel safe enough to come out of the closet and wrestle with this stuff. Many are fearful of even thinking about it. It's as though honest inquiry somehow opens a Pandora's box that can ne'er be closed again. Maybe we feel that if an expert or theologian/academic poses the question(s) then it must be legit, or OK, or safe.

As for me...I am glad McKnight had the courage to at bring this up.

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