Thursday, July 03, 2014

Who not what

Bonhoeffer’s point is that Christians do not remake the world with ideas distilled from Scripture or even Christ’s teachings. After all, Jesus did not come to teach a revised form of piety, but to form human creatures anew. The reason Bonhoeffer rejects a view of Christ as “essentially” a teacher is rooted in this central concern: if Christ is primarily a teacher then it is what he teaches rather than who he is that is of central importance.—Bonhoeffer the Assassin?, page 184

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But to listen to most Christian teaching, Jesus is primarily a teacher. The whole culture wars thing is predicated on Jesus being a teacher...
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