Reflections of the past and hopes

We see Michael Psellus in the 11th Century surprisingly contrasting "the ancient and lesser Rome, and the later, more powerful city" [! It is now hard to grasp Constantinople as a greater city than Rome, but there would have been little in Rome's favor in Psellus' day. Even so, in the midst of Istanbul, it mostly still remains standing, in some places even restored, its breaches merely allowing modern streets to pass [ note ]. That's not the Roman Empire!

Reflections of the past and hopes

Reflections of the past and hopes

Reflections on Christian Anthropology "A context in which to approach many of the difficult questions that confront" the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches is presented in a document on Christian anthropology released Dec. The national-level dialogue group said it was hoped that this report would "offer a reasonable approach within which each church can better understand the different teachings and practice of the other as regards human sexuality, Christian marriage, the ordination of women to the ministerial priesthood, Marian doctrines and devotions, and the communion of saints, and by which further studies of our teachings on these questions can be conducted in more profitable and less polemical ways.

The purpose of the study, a covering letter noted, was "to identify those areas in Christian anthropology which contribute to the understanding of our relation as men and women in Christ and in Christ to one another.

We have tried to explore together a large theological context within which several subjects of deep concern to our two churches may profitably be considered: The following paper indicates the range of this theological exploration and some of the agreements and disagreements which we have discovered.

As in many other matters, our disagreements do not always follow along lines of church membership.

Jesus as the Image of God A. Jesus Shows Us What God Is Like There is unanimous and complete agreement among us, based on a common interpretation of New Testament texts and acceptance of the decisions of the early ecumenical councils, that the only adequate "image" of God is Jesus Christ.

One has only to recall such New Testament passages as Colossians 1: Our ability to speak of God and apprehend what he has done in Christ, however, is based upon the fact of creation.

God was revealing himself in the act of creation, which occurred before Jesus Christ, and even before human beings, appeared in the evolving universe. The use of that creation is the only way we, a part of it, can refer to God. The work of God in Christ and the new dispensation offered to the world by the Father in his Son is best appreciated in terms of creation and recreation.

Redemption in Christ is recreation in him, a new type of total dependence upon him; in this sense, new life in Christ can only be understood on the basis of the first creation which the Son came to restore and lead beyond itself by the power of his Spirit.

The new creation, although it is more than nature, can only be referred to in terms of the natural order God first created; in fact, Christians believe that the Word of God, the agent of the new creation, is also the means by which God first created the universe. The Epistle to the Hebrews, in the verse preceding the one we have already quoted, speaks of the Son as he through whom the world was created 1: Creation and recreation are the key to each other in the Christian life, and so it is that the methodology we have employed in this study has found it necessary, on the one hand, to use nature as a key to understanding who God is and what he does in Christ, and, on the other hand, to use recreation in Christ as the key to understanding the purpose of the first creation, which preceded it in time.

Theological anthropology is a central concern to our churches because it provides and probes concepts, images and symbols from creation for receiving and appropriating, expressing and communicating our understanding of the God in whom we believe. Our finite minds can have no comprehensive knowledge of him, but Christians believe that Jesus, the incarnate Word of God, indicates to us in human terms who God is and what God is.

Our churches together affirm the Christology of the Chalcedonian definition: He is, therefore, described, as we have seen, as the image of the invisible God. Jesus' whole life of self-giving leads to his sacrificial death on the cross and indicates the unfathomable depth of the love of God.

God is shown to be a communion of divine persons, mysteriously related in infinite, personal, self-giving love.Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large.

As a verb, its definitions include: "expect with confidence" and "to cherish a desire with anticipation." Among its . The goal is to include as broad a range of people as possible in hopes of gaining enough standing to make a significant impact in American public fact, I wonder if the fault lines in the division over the CCM run along folk church lines.

Dec 29,  · We can't understand the present without reflection upon the past and we can't fully live the present without looking ahead with hope to the future. Christians look twenty centuries back to . People with hearing loss can dream of a future when hearing aids might also serve as wireless loudspeakers, delivering clear, customized sound from inside their ears.

We hope that the changing of the year’s digit will rescue us from past habits and holes that we have dug for ourselves.

We dream of changes that will make us happier and healthier. We make a list of resolutions in the hope that our willpower will be strong enough to launch us into a new way of living. Decadence, Rome and Romania, the Emperors Who Weren't, and Other Reflections on Roman History What do you think of the state of Romania?

Does it stand as from the beginning, or has it been diminished? Doctrina Jacobi nuper baptizati.

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