Our struggle to defend the indefensible

Greg Boyd’s Crucifixion of the Warrior God brings to the table a discussion on the radical love of God AND dealing with the Old Testament texts dealing with the violence portrayed in God’s actions and orders. He doesn’t set aside the OT stories as simple myth. He wants to wrestle with the inspired text.

I have a long way to go in his monstrosity of a work, but want to reflect on how he deals with Augustine’s view of the love of God and violence. Augustine believed in the radical love of God but would embrace God’s violent actions in the OT as another form of love. (I guess it’s kind of warped view of “tough love” or something…) Continue reading “Our struggle to defend the indefensible”

Psychological salvation

“The reason why the widespread contemporary understanding of faith differs so much from the biblical understanding is that “faith” in the Bible is a covenantal concept while today it has largely become a psychological concept.” — Greg Boyd, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God 

 

Learning to live in the tension of life

Heaven and earth, nature and man, comedy and tragedy, … the Virgin Mary and the demons…Mozart simply contains and includes all this within his music in perfect harmony. This harmony is not a matter of “balance” or “indifference” – it is a glorious upsetting of the balance, a turning in which the light rises and the shadows fall, in which the Yes rings louder than the ever-present. — Karl Barth

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