Friday, December 30, 2005

Pocket of Thoughts

Ok, to prove I'm still alive, I'm finally going to post again (I know its been over a month!) but I've been greatly enjoying the holidays! Merry Christmas to everyone!

So here are a pocketful of thoughts that I've been carrying around, meaning to post for some time now. They are unrelated quotes that I've picked up, especially from my theological ethics course.

1) Gerhard Forde, from "The Captivity of the Will" said something to this effect (I'm paraphrasing) concerning the debate between Luther and Erasmus : "Luther starts with the presupposition of bondage and ends up with freedom, whereas Erasmus starts with the presuppostion of freedom and ends up with bondage." I'll have to read the book to get the exact quote, but food for thought!

2) Avery Dulles (Roman Catholic theologian) commented regarding the ecumenical dialogue between the ELCA and the RCC in the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ), saying "I always hear you Lutherans saying, ‘yes'. I won't know what your 'yes' means until I hear you say 'no.'"

3) Adolf Koberle in the "Quest for Holiness" makes this remark regarding reactions against the forensic doctrine of justification: "Those who advocate an 'undogmatic Christianity' are, of course, utterly incompetent to raise any objection." (p. 91) :)