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“In fact, the clearest expression of the renewal of Job’s mind is not anything he says. It is his willingness to have more children [Job 42:13]. I have heard it said in modern Israel that the most courageous act of faith the Jews have ever performed was to have babies after the Holocaust, to trust God with more defenseless children. The note at the end of the book that Job had seven sons and three daughters is often considered to be a cheap parting shot — as though God could make it all up by giving Job another set of children to replace the ones who were lost. But that is to judge the last scene of the book from the wrong side. This book is not about justifying God’s actions; it is about Job’s transformation. It is useless to ask how much (or how little) it costs God to give more children. The real question is how much it costs Job to become a father again. How can he open himself again to the terrible vulnerability of loving those whom he cannot protect against suffering and untimely death?”Ellen Davis (via wesleyhill)

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“Were I to write my own creed, I would probably leave out one or two phrases and add some others of my own. I might find it easier to delete the phrase about the virgin birth. And I certainly would want to add something about the social responsibility of believers, about the place of worship in the life of the church, and a number of other items. But when I recite the Apostle’s Creed I am declaring myself part of that countless multitude throughout the centuries who have found their identity in the same gospel and the same community of believers of which I am now part–a multitude which includes martyrs, saints, missionaries, and great theologians, but in the final analysis all are nothing but redeemed sinners, just as I am.” —Justo L. Gonzalez It’s not your creed. It’s the creed of the church. | Near Emmaus (via mshedden)

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“Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by what is above him, when he shows no mercy to what is under him?”Pierre Troubetzkoy (via krislantijn)

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“God did not desire to save mankind as a wreck is salvaged; he meant to raise up within it a life, his own life.” —Henri de Lubac, Catholicism (via invisibleforeigner)
“For a Christian to understand the Bible means to understand it in the light of the Gospel.” —Henri de Lubac, Catholicism (via invisibleforeigner)
“The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes down to two arguments, namely, the *saints* the Church has produced and the *art* which has grown in her womb. Better witness is borne to the Lord by the splendor of holiness and art which have arisen in the community of believers than by the clever excuses which apologetics has come up with to justify the dark sides which, sadly, are so frequent in the Church’s human history. If the Church is to continue to transform and humanize the world, how can she dispense with beauty in her liturgies, that beauty which is so closely linked with love and with the radiance of the Resurrection? No, Christians must not be too easily satisfied. They must make their Church into a place where beauty — and truth — is at home. Without this the world will become the first circle of hell…. A theologian who does not love art, poetry, music and nature can be dangerous. Blindness and deafness toward the beautiful are not incidental: they necessarily are reflected in his theology.” —Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (1985)

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“We have nothing to fear from those who do or do not believe in God; we have much to fear from those who do not believe in sin. The concept of sin is a stark acknowledgment that we can never be omnipotent, that we are bound and limited by human flaws and self-interest. The concept of sin is a check on the utopian dreams of a perfect world. It prevents us from believing in our own perfectibility or the illusion that the material advances of science and technology equal an intrinsic moral improvement in our species. To turn away from God is harmless. Saints have been trying to do it for centuries. To turn away from sin is catastrophic.” —Chris Hedges, When Atheism Becomes Religion
“Of this there is no doubt, our age and Protestantism in general may need the monastery again, or wish it were there. ‘The Monastery’ is an essential dialectical element in Christianity. We therefore need it out there like a navigation buoy at sea in order to see where we are, even though I myself would not enter it. But if there really is true Christianity in every generation, there must also be individuals who have this need. […]” —Kierkegaard’s Papers and Journals:  A Selection, translated and edited by Alastair Hannay, 47 VIII I A 403, pg. 275 (via fear-and-trembling)
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