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Q begins to introduce Snark's panentheistic theology by Snark's saying that all of life is sacred. Panentheism (the "en" is important!) is the theological assertion that God is in all things, and that all things are also in God. This is different from pantheism that maintains that everything is God.
- Does this theological idea have some appeal to you or not? Discuss.
- Does Panentheism provide a useful theological rationale for paying attention to the environment and the many threats to it? If so, how? If not, what would be a better option?
- Snark has fun teasing Advocatus about taking things literally. What's your history in taking/reading things that way? Are you attracted to the churches who interpret the Bible literally? Why or why not? This is an important issue.
- Is the transformation of life Snark talks about what the church is about in your experience? Should it be?
- If the transformation agenda is not just for individuals, but for institutions as well, doesn't this get the church involved in politics? If so, in what sort of ways? Is any of that okay . . . or legal . . . or desirable?
- Advocatus links the wine's transformation with sacrifice since the yeast dies. Christianity traditionally talks a lot about sacrifice. If you want, discuss that theme now, though in a later chapter Q will deal with it at length . . . and in ways that are, perhaps, surprising.