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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mere Christianity in a Pluralist World (Part 3): Marcionism, Gnosticism and the “Manly” Heresy

Matt Kennedy has a "bad" habit, or two! When he "hits" something, it usually is the one nail that needs to be pounded into the dirt! hehe!

Try this quote:

"Mainline Protestants, by and large, have been trained to trust their own perceived experiences of God or perceptions about God above scripture and tradition and so they sit in the pews testing all that they see and hear by this prior commitment to their own opinions.

And now, try this one on for size:

"The historical Jesus is a dead Jew buried somewhere in Palestine. The risen Christ is alive in our experience."

And then there's this gem:

" . . . with the acceptance of what is often referred to as the “deeper” meaning of the resurrection or virgin birth or miracles, the spiritual or mystical meaning, permits modern-day Gnostics to employ the language of the Creeds while denying their doctrinal content."
Read the whole thing! Sometimes *I* have trouble following his theological terminolgy but this time even I could get much of his message. Nice work, Fr. Matt!

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