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The Impersonal God of the Emerging Church

February 7, 2009

“What’s more, I’m not sure I believe in God exclusively as a person anymore either….I now incorporate a panentheist view, which basically means that God is “in all,” alongside my creedal view of God as Father, Son, and Spirit….As I see it, we are in God, here on earth. This is how our relationship is defined. God does not just have to be reached up to; he is here as the surrounding Spirit.” –Spencer Burke (A Heretic’s Guide to Eternity, p. 195)

To move ‘beyond’ personality is not to go higher, but lower. Personality is above impersonality. God is not raised up by ‘adding’ to his personality. I am above a plant or rock by virtue of my personality – they are lower by lacking the same. God is a greater person than we are – especially in our fallen state. But He is not beyond personality. He is supremely personal – the great ‘I am’ who exists as the eternal communing trinity of relationships.