|Ezekiel's Vision Of The Celestial City|
I'm not sure that progressive Christianity's emphasis, which I think is doing much good in giving direly needed attention to social injustices of our day, on 'following Jesus', whose numinous experience would be his baptism voice/vision and his wilderness temptations, are acknowledged or stressed. So there is little awe and silence and many arguments for political agreement. One with good emotional/thinking balance does not argue with the numinous or need other persuasion. It is truly a, if not the, source of natural, uncoerced, belief in what has always been called God. Any intellectual analytical description of such things fully misses their experienced meaning, even can destroy it for that person. It takes such descriptive, poetic writing as Armstrong's to point us in the right direction for the numinous impact of such Biblical narrative. And she pulls this off in the name of history. Good for her.
Likely our insistence on an 'only good, comforting, perfect and pleasant God' can take us away from what might be a fuller more conscious experience of the Numinous Sacred. Nature as a reflection of God is likely one of our most direct encounters with the numinous, such as in hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis(not to mention rainbows. high mountains, life forms, waterfalls, galaxies and now wonders of the subatomic world which deny all 'common sense' physics). My Dad's childhood home was blown away by a tornado. He talked about it all his life, not only the destruction it did but also its powerful fascination for him. It was a numinous experience for him no doubt. Even the life disrupting death of a loved one can be such an numinous far reaching factor in ones life. Part of the thrill of viewing the Grand Canyon is imagining losing footing and plunging to the bottom. These all point to the numinous which takes one beyond thinking and reasoning and is wrapped in irrational wonder and sometimes gut wrenching fear. Truly a religious aspect of conscious human life. http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln101/Otto.htm