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Were all sin now visited with open punishment, it might be thought that nothing was reserved for the final judgement; and, on the other hand, were no sin now openly punished, it might be supposed there was no divine providence.
Augustine, De Civitat. Dei, lib i.c.8
…theology..has no reason to exist other than to critically accompany the missio Dei.
David Bosch
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
“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
For Christians, interpreting Scripture is a difficult task...because it is, and involves, a life long process of learning to become a wise reader of Scripture capable of embodying that reading in life.
Stephen Fowl and Gregory Jones, Reading in Communion, p. 29
There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barracading a human's mind against the Enemy. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.
C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters, p.28
Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.
G.K. Chesterton
In the 'locus imperii' there is a desperate need for Christians to offer hope and reignite the fires of political imagination and social innovation.
Ched Myers, Who Will Roll Away the Stone? p. 33
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
...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
...the knowledge of God consists not in frigid speculation, but carries worship along with it...
John Calvin, The Institutes, bk 1, ch 12
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
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
...the knowledge of God which we are invited to cultivate is not that which, resting satisfied with empty speculation, only flutters in the brain, but a knowledge which will prove substantial and fruitful wherever it is duly perceived and rooted in the heart.
John Calvin, The Institutes, bk 1, ch 5
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.

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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