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Saturday, September 13, 2014
The Heart of Christian Mystery
Andrew Louth on the distinctiveness of Christianity:
For the central truth, or mystery, of the Christian faith is primarily not a
matter of words,and therefore ultimately of ideas or concepts, but a matter
of fact,or reality.The heart of the Christian mystery is the fact of God
made man, God with us, in Christ; words, even his words,are secondary to the
reality of what he accomplished.To be a Christian is not simply to believe
something, to learn something, but to be something, to experience something.
The role of the Church, then, is not simply as the contingent vehicle—in
history— of the Christian message,but as the community,through belonging to
which we come into touch with the Christian mystery.
Louth, Andrew. Discerning the Mystery: An Essay on the Nature of Theology
(Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983).74. as quoted in Fred Sanders' The Deep
Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything. Ithica, NY:
Crossway,2010. Kindle Edition. 53-54.