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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Streetwise: The Trinity and he Kingdom

Or: he said what I'm saying, only before I did...

A quotation from Jurgen Moltmann, The Trinity and the Kingdom, p 152, 153.

'Real theology, which means that knowledge of God, finds expression in thanks, praise, and adoration. And it is what finds expression in doxology that is real theology. There is no experience of salvation without the expression of that experience in thanks, praise, and joy. An experience which does not find expression in this way is not a liberating experience. Only doxology releases the experience of salvation for a full experience of that salvation. In grateful, wondering, and adoring perception, the triune God is not made man's object; he is not appropriated and taken possession of. It is rather that the perceiving person participates in what he perceives, being transformed into the ting perceived through his wondering perception. Here we know in order to participate. then to know god means to participate in the fullness of the divine life. That is why in the early church the doxological knowledge of God is called theologia in the real sense, being distinguished from the doctrine of salvation, the oeconomia Dei. The 'economic Trinity' is the object of kerygmatic and practical theology; the 'immanent Trinity' the content of doxological theology.'

'...In doxology the thanks for the receiver return from the goodly gift ot the giver. But the giver is not thanked merely for the sake of his good gift; he is also extolled because he himself is good. So God is not loved, worshipped and perceived merely because of the salvation that has been experienced, but for his own sake. That is to say, praise goes beyond thanksgiving. God is recognised, not only in his goodly works but in his goodness itself. Anf adoration, finally, goes beyond both thanksgiving and praise. It is totally absorbed into its counterpart, in the way that we are totally absorbed by astonishment and boundless wonder. God is ultimately worshipped and loved for himself, not merely for salvation's sake. ...'

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