Archive for December, 2010

You are affirmed by God

Here’s a wonderful quotation from my professor, J. Kameron Carter, for whom I am currently writing a paper on Jesus and human particularity:

“It can thus be said that all particular persons, in the unique and often tragic histories that constitute them as persons, by virtue of their residence in the prototype–or stated differently, by virtue of their histories being embraced from beyond themselves through the incarnation–are of eternal and salvific significance. Christ as prototype frees creation in its fullness–from persons and their histories, to the ecological order, the the animal kingdom–to be a symphonic expression of the freedom of God, for in him the opposition between the universal and particular collapses inasmuch as he is the concrete universal…the One-Many, that sets all particularity free to exist beyond itself or “to be” in and for God. He is the tune–a jazz or blues tune of suffering divine things–that the symphony of creation, the many, plays.”


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We’ve been away for a while now, but school is almost over for the semester! Here’s Barth on the idea that all we need is faith (a tip of the hat to my entire experience in the evangelical church):

“…it was never as desirable tendency to exalt faith into an ontic and central concept, displacing the real object of theology, as though faith were the theme and the true event of salvation. This is what has happened to a wide extent in modern Protestantism, which excessively emphasizes the desire to understand and pursue theology as pisteology, the science and doctrine of Christian faith. The Bible and Church history are then searched exclusively and decisively for witnesses and, if possible, heroes of faith. Everything that might be worth considering with respect to God’s work and word is accepted only as a thought or expression of faith, or reinterpreted as such, and whatever does not seem to submit to this treatment, is excised either tacitly or with express disqualifications…As if man were called to believe and confess, not God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but the faith of the Church which expresses itself first in these high-flown words, and finally in his very own faith!”

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