Letting go of God

By Nancy Mairs

I am fed up with feeling sorry for God. “Poor God,” I sigh in response to one horrific headline after another, “the things they are doing in your name."

The world is being battered senseless by bad news. God will love you on condition that you believe that Jesus will personally save you from the inconceivable horrors God has cooked up for everyone else. God will love you if you submit totally to God and use whatever means you can to expand the territory in which everybody else does so too. God will love you unless you permit the aforementioned expansionists to encroach upon the territory where you worship God. God will love you as long as you fight to the death to protect the land God gave you 3,000 years ago, no matter who else lays claim to the same area and how many of them you have to kill in performing this sacred duty. All these messages reveal a great deal about human nature—the guilt, the fear, the territoriality, the arrogance—but virtually nothing about the Creator.…

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I Will Hear God

By Nancy Mairs

“I think,” I said suddenly to my husband several years ago, “that I’m supposed to go to theological seminary.” I did? If so, this was the first I’d heard of it. In Berkeley for a reading at a bookstore, we were stroll/rolling through the university campus on a mild November afternoon, and I suppose the proximity of the Graduate Theological Union had crossed my mind. Still, I’d been here any number of times without a stray thought for the GTU

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The Far Corners of God's Kingdom

By Nancy Mairs

I am not especially sanguine about humanity’s prospects. Our technological capabilities have now so far outstripped our moral development that it seems likely we really will blow ourselves up with nuclear devices or suffocate ourselves with petrol fumes or poison ourselves with chemical waste or do ourselves in by some means we haven’t yet devised.…

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