Sunday, October 23, 2005
Oliver O'Donovan quote:
from "On the 39 Articles"--
(p. 65) "And now we reach a point where we can hardly help being uneasy. Having said all they wish to say about the Scriptures, the Articles will turn to the doctrines of salvation; but before they do so they must pause to establish the doctrine which salvation presupposes, that of mankind's fall. This they describe, perfectly correctly, as 'the fault and corruption of the nature of every man'. But about the nature of man itself, that in which the fault and corruption resides, they have nothing to say. That mankind is the creature of God, made in God's image, set at the head of God's creation, a physical being with rational powers to understand and to rule the rest of creation and to worship God appropriately: these things are nowhere acknowledged in the Articles. But that is only an aspect of a larger omission, the doctrine of creation itself (!)."
--How blessed we are that our denomination traditionally does not travel down the contemporary road of placing great emphasis upon creation, but rather the extent to which creation is fallen. "You don't miss your water 'til your well runs dry" (Peter Tosh), and the well has been dry for a long time thanks to Adam! JAZ
Posted by John Zahl at 3:46 AM