Faith and Theology: A very short dogmatics: eight theses


Systematic Theology in eight simple sentences:

  1. ‘Father!’ The whole of Jesus’ life, together with his death, is expressed in that one word.
  2. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the Father’s reply: ‘Son!’
  3. The breath by which these words are uttered is the Spirit.
  4. The Holy Trinity is the occurrence of this discourse, the history enacted in these utterances.
  5. The creation is the free and surprising opening-up of space and time by this divine discourse.
  6. The church is the community enfolded in this discourse, swept up in the breath of these utterances.
  7. The final consummation is the animation of all creatures by the breath of this discourse.
  8. All Christian speech and action therefore begin and end with the same word: ‘Father!’

So, do you think these work?

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  1. …and by “Mother!”, I mean something along the lines of “No one can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother” (St. Cyprian).

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