letting go of the god of childhood

“And so I ask God to rid me of God,” Meister Eckhart says. The God who is known and familiar is too small for him. To know God like another object of our cognition means to turn God into something that is usable, at our disposal….

To give an example typical of our culture, this would mean letting go of the God of childhood, the God of our “home and native land,” or the God of one’s own family. The fundamentalistic defiance in which the God of childhood is clung to in as literalistic a way as possible often gets in the way of living experience. The process of letting go would be a process of annihilation of the self that has evolved, a process that is necessary in order to know God in the unknown. To leave the ego or the I fits consistently into the apophatic tradition. That and nothing else is what the Samaritan is doing in the gospel  narrative, and the mystical theologian from Nazareth is recounting nothing different.

– Dorothee Soelle, from The Silent Cry

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