The passage is from Hell’s recounting of an early ’80s dinner with Susan Sontag: “The was one thing [Sontag] said that I didn’t understand at all until many years later. She said that she ‘hated opinions’ and that she’d rather not have them. I thought she was being like [host] Victor [Bockris] in contrarian incitement. I took it for granted so completely that opinions defined a person, that one was the sum of one’s opinions and that the point was to have interesting ones, that I could only think she meant something else, like prejudices rather than opinions. Wasn’t her whole identity the opinions she spun out in her essays? No, she meant opinions, and that lately she’d been thinking that she wrote the essays to get rid of them, to make ‘space for other things.’ In a way, I was right, because opinions will solidify into prejudices that substitute for perception. Over the years I’ve come to realize that once arrived at, opinions dry up and die, and you have to sweep them away, like she said.”
If God is owned by a faith community then they can assert their proprietorial rights over God over against others. That’s the root of dogmatism: We have God and you don’t. God is for us and against you. God is here experienced as a possession. […]
If, however, God is received as gift then the faith community can never possess God…. And if God is outside the boundaries of the faith community then the faith community has to wait on God. The faith community is always looking for God outside of herself. And this expectant searching keeps us looking for God in the world and in the Other. It’s a Matthew 25 orientation. God is always showing up in unexpected places and faces.