THE REAL ALTERNATIVE TO PHARISAISM

The Christian alternative to Pharisaism is not Publicanism but costly discipleship. The laxity of the Publican is just as repugnant to God as the self-righteousness of the Pharisee. In the parable it is not the Publican as such but the repentant Publican who is praised.

--Donald G. Bloesch in

"Theological Notebook I"

KNOW-IT-ALLS

As the methods of science achieved greater and greater triumphs, both theoretical and practical, the old picture of how things are, the picture derived from the Bible . . . was replaced by a quite different one. The real world . . . was a world of material bodies--as vast as the sun or as small as an atom--moving ceaselessly according to unchanging and mathematically stable laws in a fixed and infinite space through time, which moved with unvarying velocity from an infinite past to an infinite future. . . To have discovered the cause of something is to have explained it.

--Lesslie Newbigin in

"Foolishness to the Greeks"

GOD'S CREATIVE GOODNESS

I accept the existence of angels as an element of the mysterious reality of God's plenitude. Obviously, with angelic choirs the creation must be a more complex, diverse, and manifold reality than one might want to imagine. Angels are a sign that God's goodness must be excessively fruitful; it overflows in creative energy. Infinite varieties of beings can be sustained and flourish in this good and bountiful system.

--Sidney Callahan in

"Commonweal" (Dec. 1, 1995)

THE DRAMA OF DOGMA

The Christian faith is the most exciting drama that ever staggered the imagination of man--and the dogma is the drama. That drama is summarized quite clearly in the creeds of the Church, and if we think it dull it is because we either have never really read ...

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