December 14, 2009

But if we wish to be faithful to him, we cannot dream of reducing Christianity to a certain number of principles (though this is often done), the consequence of which can be logically deduced. This tendency to transform the work of the living God into a philosophical doctrine is the constant temptation of theologians, and also of the faithful, and their greatest disloyalty when they transform the action of the Spirit which brings forth fruit in themselves into an ethic, a new law, into ‘principles’ which only have to be ‘applied.’ The Christian life does not spring from a ’cause’, but it moves toward and ‘end’; it is this which completely changes the outlook for humanity, and renders the Christian life different from every other life.” — Jacques Ellul, The Presence of the Kingdom

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