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This site is devoted to theological and philosophical investigations of the spiritual meanings of life, current events, music, spiritual growth, nature, and learning to be attuned to listening to the 'language of God.' The name of this blog comes from one of Jonathan Edwards's journals which he called 'Shadows of Divine Things,' and later renamed 'Images of Divine Things.' As a Christian I am continously on a spiritual journey to grow more into the image of Christ, to understand what it means to be crucified with Christ. To seek the truths of the Christian Faith is of upmost importance, and to know that any truths that are found outside of Christianity are present there because they ultimately point to God. I have an M.A. in theology and apologetics and I completed one year of graduate studies in Philosophy at Marquette University.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Robert W. Jenson's Ecclesiology (Coming Soon)

Recently I have been reading Robert Jenson's Systematic Theology Volume 2: The Works of God. More specifically Jenson's views on Ecclesiology from this work. I have been overwhelmingly impressed with Jenson's views, thus in the future, as I promised before, I will be posting my thoughts, or rather delineating (more or less), on what Jenson is communicating in this text.

Jenson's views are very refreshing, eyeopening, and sometimes quite difficult to grasp but well worth the effort. For instance, Jenson has this to say regarding "the church's triune institution according to each identity's role within." -

"Given the Incarnation, so that the human person Jesus is in fact the Son who lives with the Father in the Spirit, the distinction between the immanent Trinity and the economic Trinity holds only in the same way as does the distinction between two natures in Christ. Therefore the Father's role as unoriginated Originator of deity is concretely not other than his role as the One who sends the Son and the Spirit on their ecclesial missions; the Son's role as the one in whom the Father finds himself is concretely not other than the role as the head of the church that in him finds the Father; the Spirit's role as the one who frees the Father and the Son is concretely his role as the one who frees the Christian community." (p. 173)

Please be patient as I progressively (and probably slowly) post on Jenson's ecclesiology.

2 Comments:

Blogger Ben Myers said...

Great, Todd -- I'll look forward to your series on Jenson. As you say, he's always well worth the effort.

4:16 AM, April 03, 2006  
Blogger Dave said...

How long have I been telling you: YOU MUST READ JENSON ON ECCLESIOLOGY!? Jeesh... it's about dang time!!

2:33 AM, April 04, 2006  

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