Thanks to all who participated on my last post on the kingdom of God. Lots to chew on there. I hope to continue the discussion in a future post.
Meanwhile, I’m waiting to hear back about my thesis. All of the parts are in (chaps. 1-3, intro and conclusion), just waiting for feedback — and filling out PhD applications. 1 is in already, 2 more are due at the end of the month.
Two things for today (a very enjoyable Saturday):
First, my friend Mark has set up a new blog (so long and good riddance, MSN Spaces!). You can find it here.
Secondly, a couple of quotes re: Biblical interpretation that I recently uncovered:
So anyone who thinks that he has understood the divine scriptures or any part of them, but cannot by his understanding build up this double love of God and neighbour, has not yet succeeded in understanding them. Anyone who derives from them an idea which is useful for supporting this love but fails to say what the writer demonstrably meant in the passage has not made a fatal error, and is certainly not a liar…
Augustine, On Christian Teaching 1.36.40
For the salutary and sanctifying intelligence of the Oracles of God, the following is indispensable: We must come within the understanding distance…Humility of mind, or what is in effect the same, contempt for all earth-born pre-eminence, prepares the mind for the reception of this light; or, what is virtually the same, opens the ears to hear the voice of God…He, then, that would interpret the Oracles of God to the salvation of his soul, must approach this volume with the humility and docility of a child, and meditate upon it day and night.
Alexander Campbell, The Christian System (1839)