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on the trinity

“anyone who speaks of god in christian terms must tell of the history of jesus as a history between the son and the father. in that case, ‘god’ is not another nature or a heavenly person or a moral authority, but in fact an ‘event’. however, it is not the event of co-humanity, but the event of golgotha, the event of the love of the son and the grief of the father from which the spirit who opens up the future and creates life in fact derives.

in that case, is there no ‘personal god’? if ‘god’ is an event, can one pray to him? one cannot pray to an ‘event’. in that case there is in fact no ‘personal god’ as a person projected in heaven. but there are persons in god: the son, the father and the spirit. in that case one does not simply pray to god as a heavenly thou, but prays in god. one does not pray to an event but in this event. one prays through the son to the father in the spirit. in the brotherhood of jesus, the person who prays has access to the fatherhood of the father and to the spirit of hope. only in this way does the character of christian prayer become clear. the new testament made a very neat distinction in christian prayer between the son and the father. we ought to take that up, and ought not to speak of ‘god’ in such an undifferentiated way, thus opening up the way to atheism.”

|| jürgen moltmann, the crucified god

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About david b. clark

a husband and father || a student of philosophy, theology, history, literature, music, art, computer science

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  1. Wow. Good stuff. I remember Richard Rohr saying, “I didn’t pray. Prayer happened. And I happened to be there.”

    Posted by Rustin | 12 November, 2007, 9:37 pm

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