Essays


The Images of God Project essays are long form posts that explore issues in-depth and are the focus of the project.

  • Metaphors and God April 30, 2017 Let’s talk about metaphors. You might not have thought about metaphors since the last time you took an English class in high school or college. The discussion was likely regarding something in a poem. In case that was some time ago, here are some examples of metaphors: “Conscience is a man’s compass.” Vincent Van Gogh; “All the ...
  • Meeting God with Twinkies and a Root Beer March 4, 2016 Discussions about speaking rightly of God and images of God often have political undertones and sometimes have political lines drawn in the cosmos. As we will see in future posts, liberal or conservative labels are regularly attached to the conflicting viewpoints. That is an unfortunate path to take as it limits our ideas about God, ...
  • Rightly Speaking About God February 25, 2016 What is the right way to speak about God? Theologian Elizabeth A. Johnson asks the question in her book She Who Is. It is a profound question for all Christian believers. The ways we speak about God influence our images of God, our beliefs, our theology. Many, if not most or even all, believers seek to emulate ...
  • Conversations on Images of God in 1976 November 17, 2015 Some feminist scholars and theologians were deeply engaged in discussions about the feminine face of the divine by the mid-1970s, but little of the conversation reached members in the pews. Thus, it was surprising to discover that the Lutheran Church in America (a predecessor of the ELCA [1. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was ...