Not What You Think: The Otherness of God

I. Images of "God"
American Favorites
Class Favorites

II. Idols: False Images of God
Daniel Migliore's arguments against "God":
1. Belief in "God" destroys human freedom
2. Belief in "God" sanctions the exploitation of the weak
3. Belief in "God" constructs an impersonal abstraction
4. Belief in "God" endorses patriarchalism (male domination)

III. First Things First: The Doctrine of Hiddenness
Luther: God is revealed in hiddenness and hidden in revelation
Ex. 20:4-6: "You shall make no image."
Job 38:4: "Where were you?"
John 1:18: "No one has ever seen God."

IV. Icons: Lessons from Yahweh
Moses meets his maker (Ex. 3:13-15, Ex. 19:16-20:8, 20:18-26)
1. Holiness: God is different from us (Barth: "wholly other")
2. Mystery: God is not innately accessible to us
3. Revelation: Knowledge of God is a gift of God
4. Activity: God is known through what God does
5. The Name (YHWH): God is personal
6. Life: God is alive
7. Unity: God is one

V. Is Christianity Monotheistic?
Other "Monotheisms": Judaism, Islam, Deism, philosophical theism
Henotheism: Worship of only one god
Are there other gods? (1 Cor. 8:4-6, Isa. 45:18-23)

VI. The Story of El: god meets God
Testing the gods (Gen. 14:17-24)
"Bad atheism" v. "good atheism"