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The Christian claim is that the Christian faith does more justice to the facts, makes more sense out of life, illuminates life, opens life more to the grace of God that forgives and heals wounded consciences and bruised spirits than does any other faith.
John Leith, Basic Christian Doctrine, p. 7
How all-important it is that a vigorous spiritual life, in close association with the Holy Scriptures and in the midst of Christian community, be maintained as a background to theological work, and that the unformed shadows of thought always derive their life-blood from that source...
Helmut Thielicke, A Little Exercise for Young Theologians, p. 37
...it is clear that man cannot have practical intelligence unless he is good.
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, 1144a37
The chief reason for writers' inarticulateness on certain subjects is the lack of experience or reading background that can stock their reservoir of ideas.
Edward P.J. Corbett, Classical Rhetoric, p. 24
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
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
“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
“Unless the church of the West begins to understand this (mission as a permanent and instrinsic dimension of the church’s life, “The church exists by mission, just as fire exists by burning.”), and unless we develop a missionary theology, not just a theology of mission, we will not achieve more than merely patch up the church. We are in need of a missiological agenda for theology, not just a theological agenda for mission; for theology, rightly understood, has no reason to exist other than critically to accompany the missio Dei.”
David Bosch, p.32
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
The definition of knowledge is not simply an affair of intelligence; it is an affair of the heart, in the biblical sense of heart as the center and source of the whole inner life in its full complex of thought, desire and moral decision.
John Courtney Murray, The Problem of God, p. 21
Marsden is rightly contemptuous of the fatuous idea that an infusion of 'values' separated from a comprehensive world view would make any difference in the present state of affairs.
Wilfred M. McClay in 'Why the Academy Needs Christians' May/June 1997 Books and Culture
Other evils there are that may come; for Sauron is himself but a servant or emissary. Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years where we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.
Gandalf, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
It is a law of the spiritual life that every act of trust makes the next act less difficult, until at length, if these acts are persisted in, trusting becomes, like breathing, the natural unconscious action of the redeemed soul.
Hannah Whitall Smith, The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life, p. 55
Most misunderstandings come not from missed definitions but from missed contexts.

Eugene Peterson, Working the Angles, p. 85-86
All written language calls for retransformation into its spoken form; it calls for its lost power.
Richard Palmer, Hermeneutics, p. 15

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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