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Quote of the Week: 21 May 2018 (#42)

In the ‘Marxist’ corner – Mr G

In the ‘Feminist’ corner – Miss C

Friday found myself and a colleague sacrificing a precious free period (one of only four per week) for the opportunity to Shake-spar … and what fun it was. 606 more words

William Shakespeare

The Spirit of this Letter

4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

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Critique of the Priesthood

I think that the inadequate progressive idea of the parish goes along with a similarly inadequate idea about the function of the priest: the idea of making the priest a genuinely committed social and spiritual worker among Christians, and perhaps also among non-Christians. 739 more words

Terry Eagleton

A Critique of the Parish

It seems vital that Christian energies should not be directed towards creating a network of Christian welfare states called parishes within society, but should work alongside and within the general social movement towards a good society. 288 more words

Terry Eagleton

Liberal-Paternalist Church

The church is undergoing its own version of the liberal-paternalist crisis. When any movement for renewal starts up, there are always anxious hands available ready to catch it up and make it harmless under the plea of guidance and control; the plea may be genuine, but the damage can be severe. 135 more words

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Forgiveness and Value

But this also presupposes a radically different sense of value. All things are equal in Christ, all derive their value from the Christ-life they show forth; and this means a quite new definition of value, because previously it was thought that things had some sort of absolute intrinsic values which could be carefully graded and compared.  189 more words

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We tend often to think of equality as being so because God made us like that, sharing a common condition, and this of course is true; but more concretely we are equals because we live, not with out own lives, but with the Christ-life which we manifest, and equality therefore means unity in Christ: things which share the same life are equal, they share the same value. 152 more words

Terry Eagleton