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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
St. Francis of Assisi's religion was 'not a thing like a theory but a thing like a love affair.'
G.K. Chesterton
Desire in itself is movement
Not in itself desireable;
Love is itself unmoving,
Only the cause and the end of movement,
Timeless and undesiring
Except in the aspect of time
Caught in the form of limitation
Between unbeing and being.
TS Eliot, Burnt Norton, in Four Quartets
...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
On the basis of belief in God, trust assumes the kind of methodological role (in pre-modern thought) which doubt assumes for modernism...and which suspicion assumes for post-modernism...
Thiselton, Anthony New Horizons in Hermeneutics p. 143
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
'Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.'
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations
'I have been called a 'declared enemy of historical criticism'...But what I reproach them with is not historical criticism, the right and necessity of which on the contrary I once more explicitly recognize, but the way they stop at an explanation of the text which I cannot call any explanation, but only the first primitive step towards one, namely, establishing 'what is said'...' (Romans, 1921, p. x.)
Karl Barth
...it is through conflict and sometimes only through conflict that we learn what our ends and purposes are.
Alisdair MacIntyre, After Virture, p. 164
'...Henry Venn of the Church Missionary Society...argued that the fullness of the church would only come with the fullness of the national manifestations of different national churches...'
Andrew Walls, The Missionary Movement in Christian History, p. 12.
There is a history of the translation of the Bible because there was a translation of the Word into flesh.
Andrew Walls, The Missionary Movement in Christian History, p. 26.
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
...He did what was right and just, so all went well with him. He defended the cause of the poor and the needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me? declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 22:16
...all reasoning takes place within the context of some traditional mode of thought.
Alisdair MacIntyre, After Virture, p. 222
A man's true glory consists in gentleness, humility, and unfeigned charity.
John Chrysostom, from Golden Mouth, p.97

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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