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...it is clear that man cannot have practical intelligence unless he is good.
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, 1144a37
'...for when you speak of the Spirit you are dealing with him in whom there are no differences of scale.'
Taylor, The Go-Between God, p. 23
When men and women identify what are in fact their partial and particular causes too easily and too completely with the cause of some universal principle, they usually behave worse than they would otherwise do.
Alisdair MacIntyre, After Virture, p. 221
Resurrection, not progress, not evolution, not enlightenment, but what the word means, namely, a call from heaven to us: 'Rise up! You are dead, but I will give you life.'
Karl Barth, Jesus Victor, from A Chorus of Witnesses
Prayer needs to carry with it the commitment of our whole being to bring about the just conditions that make prayer possible...
Don Postema, Space for God, p. 158-59
Those like myself whose imagination far exceeds their obedience are subject to a just penalty; we easily imagine conditions far higher than any we have really reached. If we describe what we have imagined we may make others, and make ourselves, believe that we have really been there.
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves, p. 128
Your emotions result entirely from the way you look at things.
David Burns, M.D., Feeling Good, p. 29
C.S. Lewis says...the proper rewards are not simply tacked on to the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in cosummation. So it is with the Christian doctrine of reward.
Archibald Hunter, A Pattern for Life
You feel the way you do right now because of the thoughts you are thinking at the moment.
David Burns, M.D., Feeling Good, p. 11
St. Francis of Assisi's religion was 'not a thing like a theory but a thing like a love affair.'
G.K. Chesterton
Incarnation is translation.
Andrew Walls, The Missionary Movement in Christian History, p. 27.
Most misunderstandings come not from missed definitions but from missed contexts.

Eugene Peterson, Working the Angles, p. 85-86
The common thought is that this life hid with Christ in God is to be lived in the emotions, and consequently all the attention of the soul is directed toward them, and as they are satisfactory or otherwise, the soul rests or is troubled. Now, the truth is, that this life is not to be lived in the emotions at all, but in the will; and therefore, if only the will is kept steadfastly abiding in its center, God's will, the varying states of emotion do not in the least disturb or affect the reality of life.
Hannah Whitall Smith, The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life, p. 57
In the Old Testament...'the knowledge of God is mediated not by metaphysical reflection on the necessity of his being but by historical experience of his presence...'
John Courtney Murray, S.J. The Problem of God, p. 19
Theology can be a coat of mail which crushes us and in which we freeze to death. It can also be-this is in fact its purpose!-the conscience of the congregation of Christ, its compass and with it all a praise-song of ideas. Which of the two it is depends upon the degree in which listening and praying Christians stand behind the theological business.
Helmut Thielicke, A Little Exercise for Young Theologians, p. 36

About Wirkungsgeschichte

25th March 2011

 

Wirkungsgeschichte.com is dedicated to the idea that the gospel is not a
series of propositional truths to be argued, but a reality to be experienced.
The good news is found in the creative interaction of the Holy Spirit and
human culture.  Wirkungsgeschichte.com brings this interaction into focus
with the hope of revealing the fullness of Christ who transcends any particular
culture or generation.  The goal is to develop a “praise song of ideas” which engenders worship, service and love.

 

Autumn Japanese Maple by Garrick Liddell

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“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;


his greatness no one can fathom.


One generation commends your work to another;


they tell of your mighty acts.


They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty-


I will meditate upon your wonderful works.


They tell of the power of your awesome works-

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and I will proclaim your great deeds.


They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your


righteousness.”

………………………………………………………………….Psalm 145:3-7

 
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