How to talk about God: on why God is not an object

An audio-only version of the talk can be found on your podcast feed at my channel, Talks and Thoughts.

Some talk about God too much. Others are said to be too embarrassed ever to do so. I think much of the pickle around God-talk arises from a fundamental, modern mistake. God is not an object to be proven, evidenced or possessed. God is the subjectivity of existence itself – beyond talk, though talk we must do, because talk too is already in God.

Enjoy the sunrise as I muse on what that might mean, not least when it comes to talking about God.

01:11 Why the religiously wary seem religiously alive
02:40 The mistake of trying to prove God’s existence
05:00 The mistake of going by religious success
06:12 The mistake of presuming a gap between God and humanity
07:11 The mistake of treating religions as complete
08:36 The mistake of separating grace and nature
11:17 Beyond peak experiences to the existence itself
13:15 Beyond praying to God and God as an object in religious settings
16:11 Beyond human and divine relationality
17:59 On the lovely limits of talking about God
23:00 On reason as a guide, reflection as discernment
24:34 On divine union and the fundamentals of existence
28:30 On the meaning of love
30:06 How to talk of God in God and the greatest question
33:49 Why we don’t need anything though there’s everything to know
35:35 The nature of true apologetics
36:36 The nature of “religio”
39:25 Teacherly authority and sages
42:20 Direct presence and the spiritual senses
44:15 Spotting when God becomes an object again
46:54 There are many revelations not one true product
49:17 Christianity beyond Christianity and sensing a future
55:12 The good news and the question not of if but how