9/6/2022 Prompt for Genesis This passage seems very “supernatural theist.” God is literally creating a world that is other than Godself. But how might a panentheist like Marcus Borg read this passage? How might Borg’s discussion of “personification” (71) help? Marcus Borg believes that God is not just “right here” but also “more than just here (P66). In Genesis, it seems that God creates everything except for itself, but Borg may argue that God is present within everything. God is out there and meanwhile right here. Therefore, God not only creates a world but also itself. For Borg, the idea of supernatural theism can be problematic because it claims to know mechanism for God-world relation. Human language is not sufficient to name God because it is something beyond (P70). Thus, Genesis can be considered as one of various human ways to name God. In the discussion of personification, Borg argues that supernatural theist takes the personification of God literately. In Genesis, when God said, “Let there be light”, it does not literally mean that God like a personal being orally “speaks”. Therefore, when we understand that God creates a world, we should not simply see God as an outsider up in the heaven but something more than literal meaning. As Buechner said, will of God is not always direct but sometimes hard to decipher (P73). In the discussion of two concept of God, Borg argues that, from the idea of supernatural theist, God sometimes intervene and sometimes does not. Thus, it is hard for supernatural theist to explain why God could intervene to stop horrible events but chooses not to. However, I raise the same question for panentheism. In panentheism, God is present right here and beyond. Then, how could God not know these horrible events? Did God witness all these events happen and choose not to do anything? Or according to Borg’s discussion of personification, these events are not direct will of God, and it takes time to understand God’s true meaning.