“the only way to survive war is to become war.” – rambo
I have written 7 pages of my Quaker project. I have started it today and am now taking a quick break.
The entire introduction takes up all I have written so far, but I guess for a 70 page paper an Introduction can be 7 pages…right?
here is the intro paragraph.
The Terrible danger of our time consist in the fact tat ours is a cut-flower civilization. Beautiful as cut flowers ma be, and much as we use our ingenuity to keep them look fresh for a while, they eventually die. And they die because they are severed from their sustaining roots.
Elton Trueblood 20th Century Quaker
This is a story about the modern world, its growing pangs, failures and its achievements. This story has been told many times and in many ways, but there is one group of people that have for the most part been overlooked as an important part of this story, these people are called Quakers, sometimes known more favorably as “The Society of Friends.” The Friends movement began in the 1640’s and was birthed out of the honest seeking for genuine Christian faith and its expressions, in the 19th century the movement was crippled by multiple divisions and dissension over questions of ecclesiology, methodology and identity and today the Friends find themselves standing on the brink of extinction or renewal. The emerging church and post-modern theology offer paradigms that reach to the very heart of Quakerism, if we discover how to re-envision the tradition, using these discoveries (and age-old reminders) we will survive this post-modern shift, if we do not Quakerism will become nothing more than a historical reference.
there are two parts to this entry (from two weeks prior to September 3, 2005 2:32:07 PM):
a: I am as of tomorrow going to have a full-time job at Fuller, I will be the new textbook buyer at the bookstore where I have been working over the summer. I am really excited to have this opportunity to work full-time, earn my own keep and save up money for the next step of the education process (PhD) . This is a good opportunity for me. I am scarred and know that this is going to be a lot of a lot of work.
b. i ran into a guy at the store the other day who said that “Jesus Doesn’t care whether I drive a Mercedes or not, what he really cares about is what is in my heart.” I couldn’t disagree more. The problem with this view is that it assumes everything that matters to God, is individuality, what I choose for myself and how it affects others is not so much a big deal so long as “my heart is in the right place.” this line of thinking is kaka-poo. this is heretical teaching, the holiness movement at its finest. Let me tell you what God cares about, he cares about those who consider their actions as a part of the whole, the human responsibility to his or her fellow humans shows what is in the heart ultimately. if we begin with our individual motives within the heart as the foundation for ethical decisions then all our ethics become subjective, and self-authenticating (meaning no one else can call into question my own acts). This is not Christianity but some perverted form of it. all ethics are formed within the church, the community of people who have placed Jesus Christ as their head, and seek to interpret the Spirit and Scriptures, their past and future together. Therefore MY ethics effect everyone around me, and matter to everyone around, and are formed by everyone around me (I am a part of the process but am not alone in the process). Thus the starting point should be – how do my decisions stand up against the community of believers – is my ethic sustainable for all Christians? For all people? Do my ethics challenge me to limit myself, seek simplicity, and self-lessness? Or is my own personal situation exempt from my ethics? Can others judge my ethics, or have a I set up a system where they cannot be called into question by the interpreting community?
Let these questions be a point of conversation for all of us.
This is an article from Free Lance Star quoting Hauerwas.
Hauerwas consistently draws large numbers of students to his classes. Earthy, gregarious, and often light-hearted, he is devoted to his students, returning their papers quickly, mentoring them into pastorates around the country, and relishing the mêlee of theological debate. Something of a cusser, he told Newsweek: “God is killing the church, and we goddamn well deserve it.” According to a friend, Hauerwas defended this low-grade blasphemy by saying, “At least I mention God’s name twice.”
I find some agreement with him on this. And I guess I always appreciate a little overstatement (when it comes from people I like).