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Motivation to learn a language is an act of the will. Some language learners make the mistake of equating motivation with enthusiasm...But enthusiasm is an emotion. It ebbs and flows..In reality motivation is not an emotion...Motivation is a determination which results in a decision of the will-I will learn.
Thomas and Elizabeth Brewster, Language Acquisition Made Practical, p.2
While most people consider feeling supremely important, I hope you will have discovered that what you think about love will control your behavior, and that the desired feelings will come as a result of the right thinking and the right actions.
Ed Wheat, Love Life for Every Married Couple, p. 54
The goal of the interpreter is not to seek to discern one conceptual unity within the book, or to reconstruct one consistent line of theological discourse throughout the dialogue, but rather to see how this literature was designed to function as a normative guide within a community of faith, which acknowledges its authority.
Brevard Childs, Intro. to OT as Scripture, p. 533
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
“The verbal explanation, as it takes us from one verbal expression to another, in a sense gets us no further.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Blue Book, p1
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
For in Christ neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything. The only thing that counts is faith working through love.
Galatians 5:6
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
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
Dilthey worked '...to illuminate the difference between the structure of these sciences of meaning and the natural scientific explanation of events based upon the formulation of theoretical frameworks and the discovery of causal laws.
Georgia Warnke, 'Gadamer' p. 2
Jesus' preaching is in fact characterized by a large element of simple fact-telling, of simply telling people with authority what actually is.
Dale Bruner, The Christbook, p. 120
...God, the Maker of the world, is manifested to us in Scripture, and his true character expounded, so as to save us from wandering up and down, as in a labyrinth, in search of some doubtful deity.
John Calvin, The Institutes, bk1, ch6
Most misunderstandings come not from missed definitions but from missed contexts.

Eugene Peterson, Working the Angles, p. 85-86
Whoever questions and even challenges God all the while desiring to obey His Word and listening to His silence, that person is a theologian.
Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, Great Souls, p. 356
Prayer is not just one of the many things people do in life, but rather 'the basic receptive attitude out of which all of life can receive new vitality.'
Dan Postema, Space for God, p. 92

Architecture

27th March 2011

 

Wirkungsgeschichte hopes to develop into a community effort to trace the history of the transmission of the Bible across languages, cultures and generations of human history.  At present, however, the site is nothing more than one person’s “enacted prayer” for its coming.  The “now and the not yet” that follows is a basic structure which now exists, although it is described in terms of its ultimate growth and development.  If you would like to be involved in this project, please contact me through the website.

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The Structure in four movements:  

 

1.  The Bible in Translation is an ever-growing archive developing the master narrative of the transmission of Christianity.  This diachronic approach to Christian history consists of stories which connect the movement of Christianity from one culture to another.  Anyone can add to the articles and stories of this master narrative.  In a format similar to wikipedia, this database will be monitored and edited by the contributing community.  The database can be searched in a variety of ways.  The scholar can use the search engine to extract stories according to theme and subjects.  The church leader can search according to Bible passage to find illustrations for sermons and studies.  This database can even be used as a daily devotional.

 

2.  The second database is a history of the interpretation of the Bible.  The articles in this section use disciplines such as language studies, hermeneutics, and literary and social theory to bridge Biblical themes and their reception in a given culture.  The articles are written by scholars in these areas but are accessible and searchable by anyone.

 

3.  The Reception of the Bible  is a third database of the creative interactions between the Bible and culture in human history.  It includes artistic expressions within and outside of the church.  Sermons, songs of worship, liturgies, doctrines, ecclesiology and ministry forms as well as creative use of Biblical themes in music, visual arts and literature are gathered together with community structures influenced by a Christian view of the world including economic theories, political structures and scientific endavor.  All of these creative interactions are searchable by Scripture reference, theme, as well as date.

 

4.  Redux:  A Grassroots Commentary is a database of the various uses of scripture in human culture listed by Scripture passage.

 

5.  Scripture At Play is a workshop in which the ideas and lessons of the preceding section are used in the application of the mind of Christ to the various contexts of ministry in this generation.

 

Each of these three databases can be cross referenced as well.  Wirkungsgeschichte is a web of interconnections which trace paths between stories, across generations, throughout the world.  The goal is to enable these stories, effects and interpretations to go viral as thinkers, leaders, artists and anyone else who engages this sight makes use of its resources to creatively continue the history of the transmission of the mind of Christ.

 

 

 

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