"How Then Shall We Live?"
When I read Kirk's following four propositions:
1.) Because the Church is the Body of Christ, then the Church can only be one.
2.) However, that does not mean that a particular denomination has the right to say "we are that One"
3.) Rather, it has to be acknowledged that we human beings have set up internal barriers and behave as if the Church is disunited.
4.) This is, of course, a grave sin, trying to divide Christ's body.
I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul to the divided and immature church at Corinth when he asked them if Christ was divided?
And, as it relates to what we are calling a generous Orthodoxy, I think Kirk's train of thought speaks directly to our discussion! And, as I read his words in the following:
Quote:St Polycarp reminisced about how St John the Theologian, when an old man who had to be carried to church, repeating tirelessly to the faithful, "love one another", we see the only antidote to schism, squabbles and ill-feeling, love.
I cannot help but to also think that the Apostle John found the conclusion of the whole matter, and may have been one of the first members of the Church to speak of a transcending of all divisions in Christ not unlike others have here in this thread.
Yes, the apostolic spirit. I have to wonder if there may be a slight distinction between what has come to be known as the patristic mind and the apostolic spirit, and I am reminded of something I read recently in all this:
Quote:Epistemology pertains to where we "take our stand" on what we believe. Christianity is not simply taking a stand on what we believe about Jesus Christ, but is the ontological presence and activity of the living Lord Jesus within and through the Christian.
Especially, as we may consider such issues as ecclesiology and church polity, and specifically as we may consider the various faith traditions found within the eucharistic community it is not lost on me that in reality Christianity is not epistemology, in the sense of where we take our stand. Possibly, we think it is so important where we stand--with whom we stand. But, as I picture in my mind the aged Apostle of Love being carried in to deliver his simple message at the End of his life, it occurs to me that maybe it is not as important where we stand as it is how we live. Yes, Peter, knowing Christ is not divided, and as we discussed once before in another place a few years ago, we see again the primacy of the question . . . "How then shall we live?"