Friday, May 19, 2006

Life: not a rehearsal

"The notion that this life is no more than a preparation for a life beyond, is the theory of a refusal to live, and a religious fraud. It is inconsistent with the living God, who is 'a lover of life'. In that sense it is religious atheism."

- Jürgen Moltmann, The Coming of God, 50.

I love how Moltmann affirms life: here, now, bodily, social, contextual, finite, frustrating, painful, hopeful. The attempt to untie this knot through recourse to a hidden, perfect, unchanging, transcendent or ideal world (in the light of which this one is an illusion of appearances to be put away like a child's toy) is futile, escapist and deadly. Fantasies kill. Wake up.
Twelve points for guessing the city these poor bones once inhabited.

11 comments:

Ben Myers said...

G'day Byron -- it was great to meet you this week, and it's great to see your new blog!

byron said...

Hi Ben, you're more attractive than I remember you.

Dave Barrie said...

Is it just me or is the word "no" missing from your Moltmann quote?

Thanks for giving me a reason not to work on my essay. It looks like you are having a productive night as well : )

byron said...

Yeah...
Oversight corrected. Ta.

Dave Barrie said...

nice work comrade. Ever considered a job in the records department at the Ministry of Truth?

The next step is to delete these last three comments as they now refer to an oversight that never actually took place!

sorry - i'm reading 1984 again...

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Michael Canaris said...

Rome?

Anthony said...

I'll second the motion and go with Rome. Very romantic arrangement, I must say...

byron said...

Not Rome, sorry, though there are some great skeletal arrangements in the crypt of the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Well worth a look if you're ever there. Unfortunately, no photos allowed.

Michael Canaris said...

Paris?

byron said...

Well done for waiting until after midnight before making another guess, in accordance with the new rules. And well done for getting the right answer too! Twelve points.