This is another Worldview colliding with a Biblical Worldview by someone that thinks that they have to redefine God in order to make God fit their view of right and wrong. It is utterly mindboggling when they state that “they need to articulate a way of being religious rooted in a commitment to an ethical way of life”…as if God is not ethical.
The following is taken from an article by Yonat Shimron.
“As Duke's campus minister for the United Church of Christ, the Rev. Mark Rutledge helped lead weekly worship services - reading Scripture and reciting the creed. He counseled students about their faith and took part in interfaith activities on campus. But Rutledge is the first to admit he does not believe in a supernatural God with supernatural powers.
"The cosmic guy in the sky is not a credible image of God," he said. Moreover, Rutledge is proud of his views and wants to share them with the world. To Rutledge, God is a process of mysterious cosmic creativity that makes for greater love and justice. He thinks of God as a force working within human beings and nature, and he sees his role as trying to imitate that divine character whose greatest exemplar is Jesus.
Rutledge's views are not new. In the 1980s he joined the Jesus Seminar, a colloquium of scholars who tried to peel off layers of church dogma to unearth the historical Jesus. He is a fan of such writers as Karen Armstrong and Marcus Borg, who have articulated a way of being religious rooted in a commitment to an ethical way of life.”
Published on Monday, August 2, 2010 @ 7:31 AM CDT