Friday, May 05, 2006

Fitz Allison quote:

from "Fear, Love, & Worship"--

(p.12) "A lot of nonsense is talked about our looking for God and our trying to find him. Yet, actually, the reverse is the case."


AMvL said...

This reminds me of something in Romans: "There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God."

mattie said...

It reminds me of Galatians 4:8-9:

"Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?"

I love how Paul "corrects" himself here, showing his own tendency towards giving too much credence to personal agency, reminding his readers (and himself, perhaps) that God is the source of all grace who tirelessly seeks us out, inviting us to be known, to be children of God. I think it's great...

It also reminds me of a Catholic theologian, James Alison, who I have quite an affinity for, who wrote a great chapter called "The Strangeness of this Passivitiy" in his book "On Being Liked" which addresses this very idea. He writes:

"St. Paul simply takes it for granted that 'being known' is what underlies all our knowing, and that we do not yet know properly because our 'being known' is still to some extent veiled from us (cp. 1 Cor. 13:11-13) in a world run by rivalry and death. And this 'being known' is in fact the reception of a loving regard towards which we, like so many heliotropes, find ourselves empowered to stretch in faith and hope. No wonder love is the greatest of these three, because it is the coming towards us of what really and inalterably is, the regard which creates, while faith and hope are the given response from within us to what is; the response which love calls forth, while we are 'on the way.' Faith and hope are a relaxing into our being uncovered, discovered, as someone loved. But they are relaxing into loves discovery of us."

Thanks for sharing the quote... I find common ground in it, and I appreciate that.

Jeff Dean said...


I picked up Ratzinger's Introduction to Christianity today, and I have read the first 60 pages. So far, I find it wonderfully readable and helpful. That made me think of you and how much I love you!