I found “Healing the Divide” to be an insightful and educational commentary on the divide between two Christian perspectives: the fundamentalists and liberals.
What resonated for me was his extensive discussion of the role of paradox regarding the nature of the Divine. (I was 2/3 of the way through the book thinking the title was “Healing the Divine.) Amos specifically focusses on the paradox within Christian theology of Jesus being both human and divine, even labeling it “The Jesus Paradox.”
Amos Smith provided a much-appreciated context of this paradox by describing the linguistic roots of early Christian thought found in the Greek concept of Miaphsite: “one dynamic united nature.”
Amos’ use of paradox connects with me because when writing “Exploring the Gap between Science and Religion” I found myself exploring paradox to be a useful in understanding the universe around us. I label it as the “Paradox Principle of Reality.”
On page 17, Amos provides a quote from author Thomas Keating that concisely expresses the connection between “Healing the Divide” and “Exploring the Gap between Science and Religion.” It is this:
The great truths can only be expressed in paradox.
— Thomas Keating.