Saturday, February 04, 2012


Jesus wants to engage people at their point of real concern, and he does this by asking them to articulate their need.  Is that not a better way for the Church than proclaiming dogmatic truths from a great height?  The historian Diarmaid MacCulloch wrote a piece in The Guardian addressed to the Archbishop of Canterbury.  It ended:
You will know the saying of Thomas Aquinas which a wise old Dominican friar once quoted to me over a great deal of Irish whiskey, that God is not he answer, he is the question.  As long as your church and all other churches go on asking the question, they will never die. 
from God Lost and Found, by John Pritchard, pp 26-27

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