The Changing Face of God

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Publisher Notes

“Does the face of God change? Years ago I would have said, ‘No.’ Countless hymns, passage of Scripture and confessions of faith assert or imply the changelessness of God. To take issue with traditions that are centuries, if not millennia old, seemed to be daunting and misguided.... But when the great professions of confidence in God harden into philosophical propositions, one is bound to ask: What difference would it make to say that God has only one face? Even if true in some sense, the fact of the matter is that features each of us would count as necessary and changeless would be a matter of considerable debate.”
– From the Introduction.


In 1998 – 99 five scholars presented lectures at Washington National Cathedral about our images of God and what difference they make. This book, and its companion videos, will allow parish study groups and individuals to consider and discuss the viewpoints of Marcus Borg, Karen Armstrong, Jack Miles, James Cone, and Andrew Sung Park.

While the book and videos can be used independently of one another, in combination they make an excellent parish study resource. The material itself is designed in such as way that it can be covered in six or more group sessions, and study questions accompany each chapter.

Video titles: "The God of Imaginative Compassion" (Armstrong); "The God Who is Spirit" (Borg); "God is the Color of Suffering" (Cone); "A Complicated God" (Miles); and "The God Who Needs Our Salvation" (Park).

The Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt, Jr. is an Episcopal priest and the Director of Spiritual Life and Formation at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. From 1997 to 2000, he served in numerous capacities at Washington National Cathedral, including Canon Educator and Director of Programs in Spirituality. He is the author of more than sixty books and articles, including A Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination, and the Church.