In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Richard Rohr about the (biblical) universal Christ, and they explore the following questions:
- Is the Bible pleading with us to move beyond it? How does that work?
- How do we move from a transactional religion to a transformational religion?
- How can Richard Rohr’s famous “tricycle” analogy (“Mode of Knowing”) help us through deconstruction and reconstruction?
- Why does “sola scriptura” send up a red flag for Rohr?
- What does Richard Rohr mean by Universal Christ—and is it scriptural?
- Is Christ Jesus’ last name?
- What is Paul’s shortcut phrase for the Christ mystery that he uses 164 times in his letters?
- Which passages carry theological significance for a shared historical notion of Christ and creation for the Franciscans?
- Were the first 13.6 billion years of creation empty of God?
- What was the first Bible?
- What is the difference between pantheism and panentheism?
- What does Richard Rohr teach as the first step in contemplation?
- What’s the one thing that Fr. Rohr finds it hard to forgive Paul for?
- What is incarnation? Does what does this mean for our concept of “flesh”?
- What’s the danger in being raised in a win/lose world?
- Is mystery not knowable or endlessly knowable?
- What do we mean by supersessionism and how can we avoid some sense of development across the scriptures?
- What is the pattern of the universe? How can the divine presence be seen in loss and renewal?
- Are science and faith compatible?
- What are some practical things we can do to start down this road towards understanding the universal incarnation, or the Universal Christ?
- How is the Christian faith evolving?
- What are Millenials teaching Richard Rohr about living the gospel?
- Does Richard Rohr have a corporate understanding of salvation?
- How does Christ expand our understanding of ourselves, the world, and God?
Pithy, shareable, less-than-280-character statements you can share.
- “I see us moving rather quickly in consciousness from transactional religion to transformational religion.” @RichardRohrOFM
- “The Universal Christ is the presence of God in matter…that’s the meaning of the incarnation.” @RichardRohrOFM
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