Pauline Spirit

Gorman’s latest
June 10, 2009, 9:23 pm
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I’m loving it.

In “Inhabiting God,” right from Chapter 1 you start to get a better sense of how deep and widespread the effects of sin are (sin always going the full extent of sinfulness, as Paul noted in Romans). I don’t just mean sin as “wrong deeds” or sin on the level of behavior (and neither did Paul, of course), but sin penetrating all the way down to our human categories and presuppositions, our “givens” (even about God!). Gorman’s whole point in this book is that God, as God, is “weak” by human calculations. God is a loser. God’s idea of strength, God’s way of being God, is in the weakness of service, of “not considering equality with God a thing to be clung to,” of “taking the form of a slave” and “being all things to all people.” That means that prerogatives that we associate with dignity, importance, status–these are the opposite of divine qualities even when we attribute them to God, even when we mean to honor God through these attributions. It is Jesus Christ “and him crucified” who reveals the whole truth about God.

What does this reveal about what we are asking when we say “Thy Kingdom come”?

Just started Chapter 2 and the book is already bristling with those little Post-It tabbies.


New title by Gorman
June 6, 2009, 12:30 am
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I was happy to make this discovery, just weeks before the Pauline Year is formally concluded:

Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology

Gorman’s “Apostle of the Crucified Lord” and “Cruciformity” are excellent, insightful and well-rounded, so when I spotted this new arrival, I snatched it right up. Haven’t read it yet, but I’m confident I’ll be inspired.