Craig’s Book

So I’ve almost finished reading Bonhoeffer As Martyr: Social Responsibility and Modern Christian Commitment (my brother-in-law’s new book), and before the impressions fade any more than they already have, I thought I’d jot down a points (still a bit fuzzy for me) that have been bouncing around in my head:

  1. There are two ways of encountering Jesus – either I must die, or I must put Jesus to death (a paraphrase of Bonhoeffer’s words).
  2. The first question to ask regarding the ethical questions of life is not “How should I live?” Rather it is “Who is Jesus?”
  3. The incarnation, death, and resurrection of Christ is life and world affirming instead of negating and denying. Christians must not withdraw and condemn, we must engage (as through a permeable membrane – if that idea works) and work toward the healing and redemption of the world.
  4. Until I die, I’m not fully able to answer the question “Who am I”? I am still becoming, and my being is best measured across the entire span of my life. It is possible for my view of death (both of the body and of the will) to inform my life… today. In some way, this relates to Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 4.

That’s all for now. Hopefully, more to come…

2 responses to “Craig’s Book”

  1. Hi, Mycotn, I need some further guidance on your post here.

    Actually, I met this author myself but got lost reading his book and realized I should have taken his advice, where in about the second chapter he essentially wrote something like, “You might want to skip over some of this stuff. It’s theologically very technical….” So I used that as a good excuse to put it down, at least for now.

    So my question for you was, What are you referring to in II Cor. 4? The only Bible near my computer here is a King James Version–which has always been a little hard on the ears for me–but it looks like Paul covers quite a bit in that chapter.



  2. Hey Joe. “We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.” 2 Corinthians 4:10-12