Adam Blatner

Words and Images from the Mind of Adam Blatner

Improvisational Theology

Originally posted on September 21, 2017

I disrupt the tradition of theology in several ways: I am not a member of any school of theology, much less even a member of the clergy. I am not building on anyone else’s theology, and indeed, I am somewhere between apophatic—which means I acknowledge that we cannot know much if anything about God—and improvisa-tional. I recognize that one cannot in any way talk seriously about the God not only of billions of galaxies, but likely of more dimensions that we know of. So I dare speculate openly, which is not something that to my knowledge straight theo-logians do. Nor do I build my case on any scriptures: I just improvise.

In my take on the Universe God is very loving and indulgent and knows that I am but a 7th dimensional "dummy" trying to imagine 9th – and above – dimensional stuff. The problem is that  each higher dimension is infinitely more complex than the next lower dimension. For example, a hypothetical two dimensional being would have great difficulties imagining what a three-dimensional world was like. But I dare to imagine. I’ve read a good deal of science-fiction in my teen years (back in the 1950s).

With these disclaimers, I imagine that we are special sort-of brain cells of God thinking about things. This is because God doesn’t bother "thinking"  (in my metaphysical fantasy) and so G-d enjoys what we come up with. Let it be clear, though, that I clearly know that I don’t know.

Indeed, even if I am granted a mystical experience, I would have to filter those “perceptions” through my limited cognitive map, which would necessarily express what I perceive in terms of what I am conditioned to understand—which again is limited. No matter, it’s enough that I think such thoughts, as if God is constantly stretching to expand His/Her thinking. Similarly, my deeds on Earth is re-cognized as a playing out of possibilities—one story—that helps God to become more. This myth helps me to surrender!

One Response to “Improvisational Theology”

  • felicia white-meyers says:

    These blog-a-llegories of yours are wonderful. I can imagine we all benefit from recognition of as many possibilities as one human (aspect of the divine) can capture, understand, experience and share. Thanks for sharing. We could be seen as “special” kinds of pyschoneuroimmunoendocrine-sociometric-inprovisational-spiritual-psuedo theologian filtering beings with unique cherry cognitive dimensions on top. Try saying that 3 times. 

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