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The previous post made me think about a recent song I’ve listened to. It’s Mark Erelli’s “God Loves Everyone”. Here are the lyrics:

God loves everyone
Like a mother loves her son
No strings at all, Unconditional
Never one to judge
Would never hold a grudge
‘Bout what’s been done
God loves everyone

There are no gates in heaven
Everyone gets in
Queer or straight
Souls of every faith
Hell is in our minds
Hell is in this life
But when it’s gone
God takes everyone

Its love is like a womb
It’s like the air from room to room
It surrounds us all
The living and the dead
May we never lose the thread
That bound us all

The killer in his cell
The atheist as well
The pure of heart
And the wild at heart
Are all worthy of its grace
It’s written in the face
Of everyone
God loves everyone

There’s no need to be saved
No need to be afraid
Cause when it’s done
God takes everyone
God loves everyone

What do you ‘plasts think? It definately pushes my beliefs, but, I kind of like it.

“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”– Anne Lamott

This Washington Post article should be considered required reading for all theoplasts, actual and potential.

[Thanks, W, for the link.]

We’re just a few people interested in theoplasty.

The word is, apart from being a logogenesism, is multivalent. Being derived from a combination of Greek words meaning “God” and “formed or molded,” it could be taken to mean that we are about the business of forming or molding God (and, really, who isn’t?). Alternatively, it could be taken to mean that we are about the business of being formed or molded by God. Of course, we could have paid a little more attention to the formation of the word (what with using genitive forms and nonsense like that), but our ambiguity threshold is pretty high, and we like it just the way it is. Most likely, at times we’ll be involved in both practices.