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Shadows of Divine Things

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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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Quote of the Week

"The existence of Christianity is inexplicable apart from the experience and conviction that the story of Jesus did not end with his death, but rather entered into a new and more powerful phase."

- Luke Timothy Johnson


Blogger Jeremiah Kier Cowart said...

Johnson...good one. He's over here in my Atl stomping grounds at Emory. (Sometime I daydream about doing the Ph.D., Religion at Emory.)
I heard a lecture he gave last year on Christianity and ecology. It was very good. He's quite a bright guy and extremely personable too.

1:21 PM, November 29, 2006  
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

Hey Jeremiah,

You should do your Ph.D. at Emory - what's holding you back?

9:20 PM, November 29, 2006  
Blogger Jeremiah Kier Cowart said...

Well, I just may go for it at Emory in a couple of years. I'm not now in a position where it would be feasible (with the measely 15K/year stipend trying to pay for all 6 of us!). But, I am considering it more and more as time goes on.

After the "conversion" (I know that word is not quite appropriate), I was thrown for a loop with regard to further graduate studies. But, now that I've settled a bit in my faith, I imagine I just might get back into studies, hopefully leading to a Ph.D. Emory is a good school though. I'm not exactly sure I could get in, but we'll see. That's all a couple of years out.

But, thanks for the encouragement! I still would love to teach on the college level. Did you happen to catch cnnmoney.com's Top 50 Jobs for the next 10 years? (You can Google and find the link.) It had "College Professor" as #2 overall!!

12:39 AM, December 01, 2006  
Blogger David Wilkerson said...


I love Johnson, but you should know he plays down the historicity of the resurrection very much. (I cornered him on a talk radio show once about this issue.) I think he still believes in it as an event("something must have happened"). But he much more favors the "experience and conviction" (as your quote has it) that 'Jesus is alive' which the early believers described as "the Spirit".

Johnson argues that apart from 1 Cor 15, Paul seems to talk more of our experience of the risen Lord by using Spirit-language. Paul seems to care little for dwelling on the empty tomb and appearances. If Paul says "he was raised" he turns immediately to our experience of 'justification' (Romans 4)or 'life'(Romans 6) with him, so that it is still talking about our mysterious participation in the dying and rising of Christ NOW not the event THEN.

Same goes for resurrection appearances or the story of the Ascension. These are not references to events but just story forms of the assertion that Jesus is alive. I have taught two Sunday School classes now using his "The Creed". It has been a very stimulating study. I highly recommend it for your collection.

4:42 PM, December 01, 2006  

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