New PDF release: Atonement, Christology And The Trinity: Making Sense Of

By Professor Vincent Brümmer

ISBN-10: 0754652300

ISBN-13: 9780754652304

ISBN-10: 0754684008

ISBN-13: 9780754684008

Introduces the doctrines of Atonement, Christology and the Trinity and proposes a reinterpretation within the mild of the declare of many Christian mystics that final happiness is to be present in having fun with a loving fellowship of God.

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It is your willingness to identify with me in spite of what I did. But if I do not through penitence renounce the damage that I have done our fellowship and express my change of heart, your identification with me would not restore the relationship but rather entail your acquiescence in my breaking of it. It follows that if I sincerely desire reconciliation and therefore ask your forgiveness, this entails penitence and a change of heart on my 3 John Burnaby, Christian Words and Christian Meanings (London, 1955), 90.

We fail to identify with God in love by making his will our own. The result is that the will of God remains for us no more than an external duty that we fulfil because we must and not because we want to. We are therefore unable to choose authentically to do the will of God. Like the prodigal son we leave the Father’s house and go to a distant country where we try to ‘do our own thing’. Like him we seek our ‘riches’ by striving after finite goods and in doing so we rely on our finite knowledge, our finite means, our finite capacities and our finite opportunities.

It could also be to achieve success in business or in academic life or in sport or in some other sphere of human endeavour. In short, each one of us seeks to achieve that individual ideal of a good life, which constitutes his or her chosen self-image, and in achieving which he or she hopes to realize his or her individual identity as a person. In this connection Plato distinguishes the imperfect way each individual actualizes the Good or the Beautiful from the perfect potentiality which each individual has for realizing the Good or the Beautiful in his or her own person.

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