What you discuss is the first rule of apologetics. On day one we are taught that in order to be effective we must be always open to debates, learning opportunities, and new information. We are taught that when we study/research a topic we must not merely put away everything we know, but tear it down to naught.
Only after that is done can we examine the verses and other material for what is actually there. Otherwise our pre-conceived ideas and ideologies will impede us from learning the fullness of what the bible says. I try to apply this to not only my studies of academia but to my life as a whole. I try to approach my work, my friends, and my family with the same openness yet resoluteness. I am always willing to alter any stance but you must prove it to me.
It has been hard for me to find a way to embrace all my years in christianity with my new found faith. I spent most of this past year refusing to discuss anything related to my old life. This site and the books I am working on show me how my path was always pointed here and how I can talk with christians without appearing or being dubious in my beliefs.
Reification, was compared to the mass hysteria of the witch trials.
So you start with an abstract idea, and it becomes tangible when witches were killed. Even if they weren't real witches, and it was just
people being called that. It matters very little in terms of making
something 'real' out of the abstract.
The same applies to God, when you think about it.
Yes, exactly what I was getting at =) Further, people get very uncomfortable at differently defined notions or concepts of "God", especially if they've managed to reify it. If someone (like you) comes along and says no, I don't see God like that, they get massively uncomfortable as you're making them think about something they've managed to make tangible (a very human need).
While my mother was transitioning to the other side at a local Hospice facility, a wonderful minister sat and talked and counseled with my sister, my cousin and I. She had the most striking blue eyes and she looked straight in my eyes before she asked me if 'I believed in..' and she hesitated for a moment, then said 'a Divine Intelligence'.... I truly believe that she actually could read my mind, that I was not of the Christian faith. She never said God..or Jesus.......she didn't try to convert us over, she was just there to comfort us. Needless to say I will never forget her. I am not of Wiccan faith...I believe in the earth and the Universe..and so many many things out there bigger than we can imagine. Definitely there is a Divine Intelligence behind it all.