Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Jenson on the givenness of all true speech about God

“The difference between Christianity and the gnostic spirit is then simple and straightforward: for the latter, apophaticism means that we have continuously to make up language in which to speak of God, since all speech fails as soon as it is used; for Christianity, apophaticism means that we are given language that is immune to our manipulating, that is ‘sacramental’ in its destiny.”

Robert W. Jenson, “‘The Father, He . . .’”, in Speaking the Christian God: the Holy Trinity and the challenge of feminism, ed. Alvin F. Kimel (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1992), 109.

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