A Mere Oxymoron

“The use of sola scriptura to enforce “not tradition” is thus a mere oxymoron, but for all that has done widespread damage in the life of the Protestant churches, fostering the delusion that we could ignore the centuries of theological reflection and debate that actually join us to the primal church, without loss of access to the Scripture itself. The Church received the New Testament as a controlling *part of* her tradition, not as a substitute for it.” – Robert Jenson


Died: Robert Jenson, ‘America’s Theologian’

The Effective Range

“All of those sayings which are often employed against socialism about the unsurpassed significance of spirit, of the interior are completely right: Jesus knows and recognizes only the kingdom of heaven that is within us. But the kingdom must obtain dominion over the external – over actual life – otherwise it does not deserve the name. The kingdom is not of this world, but of God. It is in this world, however, for in this world God’s will is to be done. Humanly considered, the gospel is a movement from below to above, as I said. Seen from the divine side, however, it is wholly and completely a movement from above to below. It is not that we go to heaven, but that heaven comes to us.” – Karl Barth

Karl Barth 50 years on - Jesuits Ireland