"Your God Is Too Small" kun je van Spinoza’s God niet zeggen


In deze uit 1961 stammende en nog steeds in nieuwe edities leverbare classic bestseller van bijbelgeleerde J.B. Phillips (1906 – 1982 cf) komt Spinoza dan ook niet voor:

J.B. Phillips, Your God Is Too Small: A Guide for Believers and Skeptics Alike. 1961, Touchstone 2004 [ook als PDF op internet gezet]

Het is zo'n poging om God voor gelovigen opnieuw uit te vinden na alle godsdienst- en bijbelkritiek:  "a groundbreaking work of faith, which challenges the constraints of traditional religion. In his discussion of God, author J.B. Phillips encourages Christians to redefine their understanding of a creator without labels or earthly constraints and instead search for a meaningful concept of God. Phillips explains that the trouble facing many of us today is that we have not found a God big enough for our modern needs. In a world where our experience of life has grown in myriad directions and our mental horizons have been expanded to the point of bewilderment by world events and scientific discoveries, our ideas of God have remained largely static. This inspirational work tackles tough topics and inspires readers to reevaluate and connect more deeply with a God that is relevant to current experience and big enough to command respect and admiration."

De titel doet het goed en inspireert ook atheïsten: [cf. en cf.]