Lord, Hear My Prayer Photograph by A. Aubrey Bodine
You may talk of God as a mystification or a metaphor; you may boil him down with gallons of long words or boil him down to the rags of metaphysics. It is not merely that nobody punishes you, but nobody protests. But, if you speak of God as something like a tiger, as a reason for changing ones conduct, then the modern world will stop you if it can. We are long past talking about whether an unbeliever should be punished for being irreverent, it is now thought irreverent to be a believer.
the false transcendent vs. the Real Transcendent
intellectual exchanges between Derbyshire and Spencer vs. mystical images the likes of Thérèse of Lisieux
It may be a bit of an over-simplification to say that there are 2 types of people - those who try to live as if their lives made sense and those, as the mid-20th century Cardinal Archbishop Emmanuel Celestin Suhard of Paris wrote, "TO BE a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda or even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery; it means to live in such a way that one's life would not make sense if God did not exist." (Long before Dorothy Day came to know and cherish those words of Suhard's, she exemplified them in her own life.)
When we get stuck in the Enlightenment and post-Christian world of intellectualizing God we strip ourselves of the only source of Real Knowledge. It is this trap that we fall into when we feel drawn to take sides today in most religious discussions when in fact BOTH sides of the argument, all too often, are void of any transcendent or mystery. And when we foster, promote and encourage this sort of waywardness from mystery we are in fact partnering with the forces (another example of MT at work) which deteriorates our ontological density (the Christ-centeredness of the person in each of us).