Thursday, September 24, 2009

The End of Theology

"Christian truth is such that it is not lost or distorted upon uniting itself with the concrete, the limited, and the transitory. On the contrary, the truth - or at least that truth which is given to men - is given precisely there when the eternal unites with the historical; where God became flesh; where a specific man, in a specific situation, is able to say: 'I am the truth." Justo L. Gonzalez

"Christian truth is not, never was, and never will be propositional truth. Propositional, or purely philosophical, truth is conditional truth, even if it claims to be about what is unconditional. It can never be made into the touchstone of Christian truth, which is always personal and relational. The Bible is not a system of arguable and debatable propositions. As Kierkegaard says, the paradox of the Incarnation demands faith more than assent. For faith is the total surrender of one's heart, mind, and body to the infinite and Almighty God, who calls us into relation. Scripture is the voice that calls us into that relation." The Next Reformation by Carl Raschke

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