By Sara Maitland
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It is the job of credal religion and of art to try and structure that tension intellectually and emotionally, both to contain and to reveal it. Form it is called, form and structure and genre. I cling to orthodoxy in theology and to form in cultural production. The challenge is in the balance; to go as near to the edge, as near to the power and the mystery and the danger as possible without collapsing into chaos. My rampant individualism—especially as feminism and socialism too become more individualistic—needs the counterweight of a rigorous orthodoxy; needs the clear demanding structures to ballast me with connectedness, a protection against the dangerous voyages of the imagination, and to ensure my return to sanity and to home.
Because of the necessarily subjective nature of this enterprise, I would like to say something first about myself. Something about how I came to be the sort of person who does the sort of theology I do. This narrative seems important because there are no other criteria against which you can test the usefulness or accuracy of what I am going to say. I was born in 1950 into a large and prosperous Scottish family, and was brought up as a Presbyterian. In Scotland the Presbyterian Church (The Church of Scotland) is established, in exactly the same way that Episcopalianism (The Church of England, The Anglican Communion) is established in England.
Which Faith except every one do keep it whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the Catholic Faith is this: that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; neither confounding the persons, nor dividing the substance. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the godhead of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, is all one: the Glory equal, the majesty co-eternal … So the Father is God, the Son is God and the Holy Ghost is God.
A big-enough God : artful theology by Sara Maitland