Wednesday, 19 October 2005

Church history: a history of redeemed failure

“The history of the church is, after all, a history of redeemed failures, from the flight from Gethsemane onward. One first year student, having just read the Gospel of Mark’s recitations of the failures, bungles, and misapprehensions of the disciples, said to me, ‘It’s a wonder that the church exists at all.’ Indeed it is. And our histories ought to reflect our ongoing wonder.”

—Kevin L. Hughes, “The Ratio Dei and the Ambiguities of History,” Modern Theology 21:4 (2005), p. 659.

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