Tuesday, August 13, 2013

today's quotes


Niebuhr's definition of liberal Protestantism may be applied to today's revisionist Christianity: “A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.”  (Richard Niebuhr, The Kingdom of God in America, 1937)

The "love of God" can be used in the Bible in different ways: "God loves with a love of benevolence (John 3:16) and with a love of delight (Zeph 3:17)." (Thomas Manton)

C. S. Lewis on applied science, which we could call "technology": "There is something which unites magic and applied science [=technology] while separating both from the 'wisdom' of earlier ages.  For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality, and the solution had been knowledge, self-discipline, and virtue.  For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men; the solution is a technique."  (C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man)

We must begin with the nature of truth"Without a thorough and deeply rooted understanding of the biblical view of truth as revealed, objective, absolute, universal, eternally engaging, antithetical and exclusive, unified and systematic, and as an end in itself, the Christian response to postmodernism will be muted by the surrounding culture or will make illicit compromises with the truth-impoverished spirit of the age. The good news is that truth is still truth, that it provides a backbone for witness and ministry in postmodern times, and that God's truth will never fail." (Douglas Groothuis)





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