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Jul. 27th, 2006 @ 08:01 pm from dietrich bonhoeffer, legendary protestant theologian
Is it really the task of the church today to offer the world solutions for its problems? Are there even Christian solutions to worldly problems? It apparently depends on what is meant by this. If one implies that Christianity has an answer to all social and political questions of the world, so that one would only have to listen to these answers to put the world in order, then this is obviously wrong. If one implies that from its vantage point Christianity has soemthing specific to say about worldly things, then this is correct....The kind of thinking that starts out with human problems, and then looks for solutions from that vantage point, has to be overcome - it is unbiblical. The way of Jesus Christ, and thus the way of all Christian thought, is not the way from the world to God but from God to the world. This means that the essence of the gospel does not consist in solving worldly problems, and also that this cannot be the essential task of the church. However, it does not follow from this that the church would have no task at all in this regard. But we will not recognize its legitimate task unless we first find the correct startiing point..

Ethics 353-354,356


Bonhoeffer was executed for trying to assassinate Hitler. It's hard to be more hardcore than that.
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From:oddtodd
Date:July 28th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
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That is freaking awesome. I bookmarked this.
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From:erf_
Date:July 28th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
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From:impactbomb
Date:July 28th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
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. . .
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From:oddtodd
Date:July 28th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
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ah, so you're the person whose icon I blatantly stole. Sorry, I saw it on the obie community and had to have it. I can toss a credit to you or stop using it if you like.

I just love Terra so much.
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From:impactbomb
Date:July 28th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
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. . . no, no, it's alright, it's just.

We're both named Todd, and we have the same icon.

I just had a minor identity crisis.
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From:oddtodd
Date:July 28th, 2006 06:14 am (UTC)
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wait, you're a todd, too!

*head explodes*
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From:erf_
Date:July 28th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)
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So that's why I keep getting the two of you confused!
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From:impactbomb
Date:July 28th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)

*uses BATMAN! icon to illustrate how hardkore the man really is*

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Bonhoeffer's kind of awesome that way, isn't he?
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From:erf_
Date:July 28th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)

Re: *uses BATMAN! icon to illustrate how hardkore the man really is*

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Oh man. I have been reading some of his stuff, and while his language is simple it makes my head spin. This man's philosophy is more dangerous than Nietzsche's.