Wednesday, October 21, 2009

ReJesus - ch. 6

I am still reading ReJesus by Frost and Hirsch, and ch. 6 simply had too many good quotes to save only for Facebook and Twitter. So here are some of the ones I underlined:
  • p. 140 - "What we lack is not a will to believe, but a will to wonder." Abraham Heschel
  • p. 142 - Nice portion on the difference between Hellenistic and Hebraic thinking. "...we need to 'undergo a kind of intellectual conversion' from the Hellenistic to the Hebraic mind."
  • p. 144 - "...God does not reveal himself by means of a philosophical system or a moral code or a metaphysical construction but rather enters human history and accompanies his people."
  • p. 145 - "The people of the third century and later have been converted to Christianity in morality and religion, but they have kept intact their mode of thinking. Conversion is needed in the mode of thinking, too..." Ellul
  • p. 150 - "...none of the really great things in human life spring only from the intellect but rather from the heart, which can embrace what the mind cannot."
  • p. 151 - "Only to our mind is God incomprehensible, but not to our heart." The Cloud of Unknowing
  • p. 151 - "If passion is eliminated, faith no longer exists." Kierkegaard
  • p. 152 - "lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi - how we worship reflects what we believe and determines how we will live." "Worship expresses the faith of the community, but it also helps form it." Prosper of Aquitaine
  • p. 152 - "...when we respond to God in actions done in his name, we meet with him in a new and fresh way. The rabbis teach that we are never alone when we do a holy deed because we partner with God in the redemption of the world."
  • p. 153 - "Blessed is he capable of surprising and of being surprised." Elie Wiesel
  • p. 154 - "The command to obey is not because God wants to have it over us, but because, at least in terms of Hebraic worldview, it always confers knowledge of God that cannot be gained by any other means."
  • p. 157 - "...a true understanding of God required no less than Word, Works, and Wonders interacting together." John Wimber