Quote of the Day

In any event, for the Christian the beginning place for religion and faith is not god, it is Jesus.  Christian theologians have argued rightly that we cannot know God directly.  We cannot demonstrate God at the end of an argument. Rather than beginning with God whom we cannot know, we must begin with Jesus, who in Christian thought is the pointer to ultimate reality and meaning, the place of revelation.  Everything that we claim to know about God, so Christian theologians say, is extrapolated from what we know about Jesus. (Arthur G. Broadhurst)

2 thoughts on “Quote of the Day

  1. Great quote. It expressing basically the same thing that I’ve been thinking about over the past few days concerning Jesus’ divinity.

    Like a mythic symbol, which is a finite expression of the infinite, Jesus, as an living symbol, both embodies and points towards the divine.

    Here’s a quote I’ve just recently posted:

    Religious symbols are different from signs inasmuch as symbols participate in the reality to which they point, he (Tillich) argued. Symbols and signs both point beyond themselves to something else, but symbols participate in the meaning and power of the reality for which they stand. They open up the deepest dimension of the human soul and reality, which is the ultimate power of being, and radiate the power of being and meaning of that for which they stand.
    Dorrien, Gary J, 2003, ‘The Making of American Liberal Theology’, p.503 (Westminster John Knox Press)

    I think we can know infinite God (whatever your understanding of who or what god is), through the finite, and somehow, why we cannot fully comprehend the the infinite mind of God, we can comprehend through the function of symbols, or (from a Christan perspective), through the mind of Christ.

    I’m not sure If that makes sense much, but I’m still pondering over it.

  2. mahud,

    Most excellent quote there!! I never before considered the differences between signs and symbols in that way before. Signs as merely markers. Symbols as deeper, participatory embodiments of the divine. It makes perfect sense! I think, like you, that the ONLY way we can know God IS through the finite. Our own souls, where the Spirit dwells, the world, where the Spirit dwells, and perhaps the church community, where the Spirit dwells. All infused by the Spirit.

    Thanks so much for the nugget of wisdom to chew on!!

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