Quotes That I have Gathered – B

Baptism

Baptism requires a “theology of recapitulation,” the taking upon oneself of the vocation, the ministry, the project of Jesus Christ, himself. It is this which makes one a part of the community he called into being. This is a rather different understanding of baptism that the one that sees it exclusively as a cleansing from original sin. It is also different from those views of baptism which see it as a sign that this person is now a part of a community but that do not elicit any particular responsibility on the part of the person for participating in the ongoing ministry of Christ in the world. Harvey Cox, An Emerging Theology in World Perspective.

Bible

The Bible preserves for us fragments of the process [of change] as it affected one gifted race at a nodal point. The record has been written up by editors with the mentality of later times. Thus the task of modern scholars is analogous to an endeavor to recover the histories of Denmark and Scotland from a study of Hamlet and Macbeth. . . . And with a leap of six hundred years one version of the story ends with the creed of the Council of Nicaea. Alfred North Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas

The Old Testament is a book of many colors and contains a remarkable evolution from primitive authoritarianism and clannishness to the idea of a radical freedom of man and the brotherhood of all men. It is a revolutionary book; its theme is the liberation of man from the incestuous ties to blood and soil, from the submission to idols, from slavery, from powerful masters, to freedom for the individual, for the nation, and for all of mankind. Erich Fromm, You Shall Be as Gods

[O]ne cannot see the revelation of God in Jesus in an infallibly inspired Bible which is a direct word of God, alleged to be normative for us ‑ and that on a basis of what is (wrongly) described as its literal meaning (which exegetical analysis then often reveals to be very different from what was at first supposed.) Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

Revelation is the saving activity of God as both experienced and expressed in words. Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

The question then arises: where then is the Bible’s authority to be located? . . . Neither Jesus nor the earliest ‘church community” constitutes the fount and origin of Christianity, but both together as offer and response. The interpretive norm provided by Scripture can only be rendered more specific via the method of systematic co‑ordination: in that way the biblical text, in so far as it actually mirrors the life of diverse Christian congregations, is the interpretative norm. Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

All this means that the present with its contemporary empirical models has to be the place where we, as Christians, must make our Christological response. Proclamation and theology must always have a time index. Unless we recognize this, we are putting our faith in a purely ideological, abstract or magical kerygma: “Jesus is the Lord.” Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

Biblicism is unbiblical. Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus

Consecutive reading of biblical books forces everyone who wants to hear to put himself, or to allow himself to be found, where God has acted once and for all for the salvation of men. We become a part of what once took place for our salvation. Forgetting and losing ourselves, we, too, pass through the Red Sea, through the desert, across the Jordan into the promised land. With Israel we fall into doubt and unbelief and through punishment and repentance experience again God’s help and faithfulness. All this is not mere reverie but holy, godly reality. We are town out of our own existence and set down in the midst of the holy history of God on earth. . . . And only in so far as we are there, is God with us today also. A complete reversal occurs. It is not in our life that God’s help and resence must stillbe proved, but rather God’s presence and help have been demonstrated for us in the life of Jesus Christ. . . . Our salvation is “external to ourselves.” ‑ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Body and Spirit

To isolate an ideal moment of feminine physical beauty is precisely to abstract. What is then presented as a result of that mental reduction of bodily reality is not a person in the flesh, not even a stranger, not really a human body, but an abstract form, used as device in the solitary fantasies and selfish purposes of an isolated, unrelated self. Charles Davis, Body as Spirit

If a husband and wife truly relate to each other, they will know and love each other’s body as bearing the marks of the pain, the struggle, the accidents of life; as showing the gradual signs of aging; evoking care as well as pleasure, though the two are not exclusive in the outgoing joy of love. Charles Davis, Body as Spirit

. . . the spouse, the bride Is never naked. A fictive covering Weaves always glistening from the heart and mind. Charles Davis, Body as Spirit

Charles Davis, Body as Spirit distinguishes between the sensuous and sensuality. Sensuality, he says, is a rejection of the body, because in sensual indulgence
the body is driven by the mind against its own spontaneous rhythms. On the other hand, sensuousness is when we participate in the spontaneous rhythms and responses of the body and are open to the joys and delights, the pain, suffering, and stress of bodily experience.

Body, bodily life

Philosophically speaking, the subject of critical transcendence is the life that is lived by a person in response to physical needs. Because of the social conditions of the world, the minjung is forced to life with, by, and for the body. Bodily life produces bodily responses to reality in the form of feeling. This feeling is the total human response to the whole of reality. It is honest, authentic, and truthful. Suh Kwang‑Sun David, Minjung Theology

If the human body, or life itself, is a gift from God, the person has responsibility to take special care of that gift. To neglect the human body or to hate it would be a violation of the divine law. In fact a simple definition of sin is behavior that tends to destroy oneself and others. Philomena Agudo, Affirming the Human and the Holy

Links to my site:

Introduction https://bibleartists.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/introduction/

Graphic Arts https://bibleartists.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/i-graphic-arts/

Architecture https://bibleartists.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/ii-church-architecture-and-its-incorporation-of-art/

Music https://bibleartists.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/iii-music/

Theology https://bibleartists.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/iv-theology/

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