God does not create us, we create God
God does not create us we create God (the Vatican won’t like this). There is no God somewhere beyond the sky who made the world (at least not in the divine artisan sense) but there is an ultimate unity of everything underlying all that is – and I think quantum physics is beginning to tell us that. As the Virgin gave birth to the Divine Saviour so the universe gives birth to God. God does not exist, said Aquinas, God is sheer existence, or, to put it in Stephen Hawking’s language, the nothing out of which everything came. But in emerging from nothing into time everything in the world transforms the nothing that is nothing into the nothing that is everything. A young woman shall conceive a child and he shall be called “God is with us”. And not just a kindly companion but us, human and of our flesh. God becomes man but, the liturgy tells us, humankind (and everything else) also becomes God. ‘God our father, our human nature is the wonderful work of your hands, made still more wonderful by your work of redemption, your son took to himself our manhood, grant us a share in the godhead of Jesus Christ…’ says the collect for Christmas day. ‘His purpose he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth’ says an ancient Christian hymn that Paul quotes in the Epistle to the Ephesians.