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Korean first name can explain Panentheism. What? Korean first name usually consists of two words like Dong-Sik or Dong Sik, although many people have one word by first name. For me, Sik is not my middle name. Dong-Sik is first name. However, they cannot be separate but distinct, because they have their individual meaning. Korean first name can explain the God-world relationship. God-World also cannot be separate but distinct. This is panentheism.

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“Daddy, close your eyes… Open.”
Bringing his lego-work to me, my son shows me it and explains about it. And then bringing it again and again and again almost every 10 minutes and saying the same one, “Daddy, close your eyes… Open,” he explains what he changed, what he made different, and what he developed, and asks, “Is it cool?”
Let me close my eyes and open. Is my theological thought or writing changed and developed, whenever I see it again and again? Is it cool?

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Panentheism is not a theory as a surveillance system like Panopticon. In a sense, I do not want to say but have to say that the God of classical theism is similar to Panopticon. Mutual relationship makes them different.

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“Reconciliation, reunion, resurrection—this is the New Creation, the New Being, the New state of things. Do we participation in it? The message of Christianity is not Christianity, but a New Reality. A New state of things has appeared, it still appears; it is hidden and visible, it is there and it is here. Accept it, enter into it, let it grasp you.” (Tillich, The New Being, 24).

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Church members did garage sales to make fundraising for summer camp and VBS. Most people of customers were Mexican American. One woman asked me, “¿Cuánto?” I didn’t understand what she meant, but I guessed, “Oh, she just asked me, how much?” So I said, “eight dollar.” But she didn’t understand English and asked again, “¿Cuánto?” I did not know ‘eight dollar’ in Spanish, so I just said again “eight dollar.” Our conversation was like this: “¿Cuánto?” “Eight dollar” (x3 times). And then somebody who could speak both languages said to her, “ocho dolar.” Then, she understood.
Language must be a point of contact between different ethnic groups or races. To learn other languages is to learn those who use different languages, and, furthermore, to learn the world. In the same way, what would be a point of contact between God and the world? It must be also a language. Is this human languages or God’s language? God let us know God’s language in and through many ways. It could be a God’s kenotic language. To learn and do theology is to learn God’s language. To learn God’s langue through human languages is to learn God, the world, and the God-world relationship.

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