Idealistic theologies are oriented to the question of truth, realistic theologies are oriented to the question of reality, and I believe that theology is inherently idealistic, where the greater danger lies. I take for granted that my concepts do not correspond univocally to divine reality or any reality. Thus my starting point for thinking about divine reality is Augustine’s: Anything that one understands is not God. But I do not spurn metaphysical audacity on that account, for faith is a form of daring. A religion that lacks religious daring, a sense of the Spirit of the whole, or the struggle for social justice does not interest me.

The great “I AM” of Exodus 3:14, God telling Moses, “I AM WHO I AM . . . tell the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me,’ ” is a sign of the identity of thought and being, the keynote of idealistic thought....

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