Modern Believing

Panentheism and Divine Companionship: ‘Being In’ and ‘Being With’

Modern Believing (2022), 63, (2), 155–161.

Abstract

The importance of the word ‘with’ in the New Testament has been the theme of much of the writing of Sam Wells in recent years. This essay considers his assertion that it is the most important word in theology, and that the longing of God to be with us, and not only be for us, work with us or work for us, is at the heart of the Christian gospel. The essay relates this notion to understandings that are current in organisation studies and community development. Finally, the essay considers the relationship between ‘being with’ and ‘being in’ in order to identify mutual implications of the concepts of ‘being with’ and panentheism.

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Sims, David B. P.