Exploring Experience and God: The role of encountering injustice in shaping images of God

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Arts and Humanities | Religion


Dan McKanan, Theology


The role of experience in theology is profound. I am convinced that our awareness of social injustice shapes the way we think about God. In an attempt to talk about how and why that happens, I have written about some amazing folks: Oscar Romero, Dan Berrigan, Dorothee Soelle, our own Mike Sersch and a couple more social justice heroes. Their images of God come out of their experiences of being gripped by injustice. The paper comes out of personal exploration of the impact my own experiences have had on my changing god images. This work is an attempt to weave a lot of stories together while thinking theologically about the connection between encountering injustice and images of God.