My thesis is simply this: We are governed today largely by a basic idealism which, regardless of its origin, is more akin to that of the Graeco-Roman world than it is to the Christian faith. When one looks at the Bible through the spectacles of the idealism, he inevitably sees in it a reflection of his own presuppositions; this leads to a perversion and coloring of the Gospel. In the Early Church, it was the Old Testament which proved the chief bulwark against this paganizing tendency. So it must be today.
I am certain in my own mind that theology is not “the rational content of faith.” It is first and foremost a human activity, which deals with basic issues of intrapersonal and transpersonal life in this world where past, present, and future are ambiguous and dangerous, yet exciting, full of drama and full of hope.
Only the general principles were left, always discussed, questioned, changed, but never destroyed, shining thought the centuries, reinterpreted by every genertion, inexhustible, never antiquated or obsolete. These principles are the material of philosophy.
주일날 교회에서 사람들에게 ‘기독교인은 무엇인가’를 한 문장으로 종이에 쓰라고 한다면 재미있을 것이다. 응답자 중 많은 사람들이 분명히 행동과 관련하여 이야기할 것이다. 예를 들면, ‘기독교인은 이웃을 사랑하는 사람이다’와 같은 것들이다. 사실상, 예수님이 가르치신 대로 행동하지 않으면 훌륭한 기독교인은 될 수 없다. 그러나 행동으로는 충분히 정의내릴 수 없다. 기독교인은 서로 사랑을 나누는 유일한 사람들이 아니다. 기독교인은 예수님이 그리스도임을 믿는 자라는, 가장 오래되고 기본적인 정의를 내리는 응답은 얼마나 되겠는가?
This situation of pluralism thus requires inter-theological dialogue, a respect for the positions of others, and an honest, comparative, and self-critical evaluation of one’s own position within the common ground for discussion.
Christian theology should provide the deep values and goals for human freedom that correspond to the reign of God.
인간 삶의 복잡성에는 설명(explain)과 표현(express)이 모두 필요하다.
Creating “Nezo Art” (#寝相アート) with @erichedelic
"The way my baby daughter slept was so funny, and I had some time to spare while she was asleep," explains Fukuoka Instagrammer Eriko Ohga (@erichedelic). In Japan, a growing trend called “nezo art” (寝相アート) has been inspiring mothers like Eriko to take creative photos of their babies while they sleep. Literally meaning “sleep-posture art” in Japanese, this new style of documenting baby years allows moms to have some fun during their few hours of peace while the little one sleeps.
The “nezo art” that creative moms like Eriko share are especially elaborate, using costumes and household props like laundry to shape scenes that tell stories. “I try to form a rough idea of the scene I want to create and prepare the area where my daughter would lay down before she falls asleep,” reveals Eriko. She then places her daughter in the designated setup, and, once the baby is asleep, the rest of the parts are put together in stealthy movements. Eriko also shares her tips for shooting the finished image: “I climb up on a chair to capture the entire scene from above. I’m also extra careful not to wake the baby up with the sound of the iPhone camera.”