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Explicating Omnipresence

Oden in his epic Classic Christianity (pp47-8), "No particle is so small that God is not fully present to it. No galaxy is so vast that God does not circumscribe it. No space is without the divine presence. God is in touch with every aspect of creation."

Oden provides a nice summary of scholastic teaching on the subject (here abridged),
God is:-
  • naturally present in every aspect of the natural order (Ps 8:3)
  • actively present in every event of history as provident guide of human affairs (Ps 48:7)
  • attentively present to those who call upon his name (Matt 18:19-20, Acts 17:27)
  • judicially present in moral awareness, through conscience (Ps 48:1-2)
  • bodily present in the incarnation of his Son (John 1:14, Col 2:9)
  • sacramentally present through the means of grace in the church (Eph 2:12, John 6:56)
  • sacredly present in special places where God chooses to meet us (Gen 28:16, 23:18)
A more youthful theologian (my 5 yr old daughter) explained to me that God's omnipresence was the reason for God's invisibility. After all, if God is everywhere and you could see him, you wouldn't be able to see anything else would you?

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ANZABS CONFERENCE 2018
6-7 December, 2018


Venue: Wesley Hall, Trinity Methodist College,

202A St Johns Rd, Meadowbank, Auckland 1072

Thursday 6 December
9.30 am – REGISTRATION
10.00-10.10 – mihi
10.10-11.00 – Keynote speaker: Robert Myles – Fishing for Eyewitnesses in the Fourth Gospel
11.00-11.30 – Morning tea
11.30-12.00 – Lyndon Drake – Economic Capital in the Hebrew Bible
12.00-12.30 – Anne Aalbers – Resurrection and Celibacy: Two Sides of the Same Coin?
12.30-1.00 – Jonathan Robinson – "And he was with the beasts," (Mark 1:13): Ambiguity,
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1.00-2.00 – Lunch
2.00-2.30 – Ben Hudson – Ethical Exhortation and the Decalogue in Ephesians
2.30-3.00 – Csilla Saysell – The Servant as 'a covenant of/for people' in Deutero-Isaiah
3.00-3.30 – Afternoon tea
3.30-4.00 – Jacqueline Lloyd – Did Jesus minister in Gaulanitis?
4.00-4.30 – Mark Keown – Jesus as the New Joshua
4.30 – AGM
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