Hopefully tomorrow I will start posting outlines of Moltmann’s works, starting with The Crucified God. These will be nothing fancy, just lightly edited and adapted entries from my academic journal. I’m hopeful that if formatted properly they will stimulate some interesting conversation. In anticipation of that, here is a quote I found quite moving:
Anyone who does not put himself to the test is hardly tried or tested at all. Only when, with all the understanding and consistency he possesses, a man follows Christ along the way of self-emptying into non-identity, does he encounter contradiction, resistance and opposition. Only when he leaves behind the circle of those who share and reinforce his opinions in the church, to go out into the anonymity of slums and peace movements, in a society ‘where the absence of peace is organized’, is he tempted and tested, inwardly and outwardly. Then the crisis inevitably comes, in which the identity of that for which he involves and commits himself comes into question, and a decision has to be made about it .
Apparently even among renown theologians some topics are off-limits at the proverbial dinner table:
Whereas he knew that I was on the side of the Latin American Liberation Theologians, he [Pannenberg] fought vigorously against them … with the aim of silencing liberation theology. Since then we have preferred to talk about problems of the immanent Trinity rather than about politics.
So if you’re scoring at home, theology yes (if you must), but politics no-avoid at all cost, even at the cost of discussing the immanent Trinity instead.
Jurgen Moltmann, A Broad Place, 107.
This week has been consumed by work & preparing to see my family this weekend for the first time since moving to MN. The CCH will return next week after they are gone, but for now here is a quote that despite it’s apparent banality struck me this morning:
No religion can survive which does not know where it is. And current religion does not know where it is, and it hates to be made to ask. It hates theology.
If theology were to lose its freedom to criticize, it would turn into the ideology of the church in its existing forms. If it were to lose the fellowship of the church, it would stop being Christian theology & turn into a kind of science of religion. As Christian theology, theology has to remind the church of the lordship of Christ and has to insist that the church’s form be an authentic one.
~Moltmann, The Church in the Power of the Spirit, 7.
this distinction between solving problems and elucidating mysteries has, since the Enlightenment, become almost completely lost within theology.
-Thomas Weinandy, Does God Suffer?
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The project is hypertropic because it is hopeless. If theological prolegomena lay down conceptual conditions of Christian teaching that are not themselves Christian teaching, that are more than a formal demand for coherence and argumentative responsibility, and that in the Western world are therefore theologoumena of Mediterranean paganism, the prolegomena sooner or later turn against the legomena.
-Robert Jenson, ST Vol. 1, 9.
Nothing profound tonight, just an encouraging quote for me, given my propensity for theological wishy-washyness:
Moreover, just because an intellectual trend seems irresistible is no reason for not resisting it . . . arguments and theories, however dominant in the intellectual life of their day, have to be assessed on their own merits, not accepted uncritically simply because they are espoused by the majority.
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