Woe to the Blasphemers
Images of a World Out of Control in Aleppo
The world has never been in complete control, and that's a good thing. The capacity of people to make decisions for good or evil is paralleled by a capacity of the universe to create itself, again and again, out of the materials of its past. The universe is a creative advance into novelty. At least this is what open and relational (process) theologians believe. But process theologians also believe that there is an spirit of justice and beauty, of love and kindness, that has helped bring the universe into existence from out of a primordial chaos and that has held it in delicate balance, allowing for freedom and creativity. This spirit is present in human life a quiet calling to live with mercy and compassion for all, with respect and care for the dignity of each person. We speak of this spirit as Allah: the merciful and the compassionate. Blasphemy is not uttering God's name in vain, although that's not such a good thing. Blasphemy is violating the dignity of others through violence and hatred, leaving them stranded and defenseless, wandering in the wastelands of war. Woe to the Blasphemers. Woe to the small men who find their manhood in the Big Guns. Woe to those who make the big guns and sell them for profit, sitting behind shiny desks. Woe.