Proper 9

July 8, 2012
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Ezekiel 2:1-5
Reading 2: 
Psalm 123
Reading 3: 
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Reading 4: 
Mark 6:1-13
By Paul Nancarrow

Ezekiel 2:1-5

This passage is part of the call narrative of Ezekiel, specifically the moment when God commissions Ezekiel to be God’s prophet. Leading up to this call is Ezekiel’s vision of the throne-chariot of God, which takes up all of Chapter 1 of the book, and leaves Ezekiel so overwhelmed by divine glory that he collapses in a heap on the bank of the Chebar River. It is because Ezekiel is thus dazed and confused that God must begin with him by saying “O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you.”

Initial Aim and "Call"

Is an occasion’s deriving its initial subjective aim from God the same as a Christian who says they felt God "calling" them to ministry of some sort? (The "calling" being the initial subjective aim for the Christian [occasion].)
Publication Month: 
May 2005
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Dr. Cobb's Response

This question asks how to relate Whitehead’s technical doctrine of the initial subjective aim to the biblical idea of God’s calling. This is important in itself and also as illustrative of the task of this kind of philosophical theology. I like the term “calling” and so use it often in describing how God deals with us. As far as I know, Whitehead did not use this word.

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