God's Presence: A Contemporary Recapitulation of Early by Frances Young

By Frances Young

In 2011, Frances younger brought the Bampton Lectures in Oxford to nice acclaim. She provided a scientific theology with modern coherence, by means of conducting dialog with the fathers of the church - those that laid down the parameters of Christian theology and enshrined key thoughts within the creeds - and exploring how their teachings may be utilized this day, regardless of the variations in our highbrow and ecclesial environments. This publication effects from an intensive rewriting of these lectures during which younger explores the main themes of Christian doctrine in a fashion that's neither easily dogmatic nor easily ancient. She addresses the congruence of head and center, via educational and non secular engagement with God's gracious lodging to human obstacles. Christianity and biblical interpretation are mentioned intensive, and the ebook covers key issues together with production, anthropology, Christology, soteriology, spirituality, ecclesiology and Mariology, making it precious to these learning old and optimistic theology.

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The stench of death makes incense breathing scents, Slaughter sacrifice and death new life. Atonement requires the bitter pill of strife. 42 postlude: pondering the passion The play demands the spaciousness of God, An emptying of God that’s no retreat From bearing stigmata, scars slashed by the rod Which empties human pride of self-conceit; The weeping of a king riding an ass Yearning like a hen to mother her chicks; The hooligan act of human hate en masse Stringing him up exposed on two crossed sticks.

But deeper reflection, facilitated by hours of reading and rereading the text in Greek with students, set the particular story in the wider context of the Gospel as a whole. It was told as a sign that Jesus is the light of the world, the light that darkness could not grasp,21 the light that in the end did not wave a magic wand but entered into the very depths of the darkness of the world’s ‘gone-wrongness’ on the cross – for in this Gospel, the cross is the ‘hour of glory’, to which the whole narrative moves.

He asks. We judge and condemn and push people down, wanting to show that we are better than they. We refuse to listen to those who are different and so we hurt them. All these destructive acts have their origin in all that is dead within us, all that creates a stench in the hidden parts of our being, which we do not want to look at or admit. Like Martha we may cry out that it is too dirty and smells too bad, but Jesus calls us by name: 21 from scripture to the first principles of theology We can then rise up, a bit more whole and holy, With the Spirit of Jesus in us .

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