Monday 15 May 2006

Eberhard Jüngel: God for us

Over at The Fire and the Rose, David Congdon has been doing a lot of excellent posting on Eberhard Jüngel. Here’s one of the quotes from Jüngel that he posted recently:

“I believe, therefore I am astonished. And how! Believing, one experiences God as the inexhaustible mystery of oneself and of all things; as the one who is absolutely surprising, who nevertheless is or should be self-evident; as an absolutely singular event that nevertheless is of unsurpassable generality; as eternal being and yet full of becoming; as the most concrete, who as such is the most concrete universal; as the Father in heaven who reveals himself on earth in the brother of humanity.... In believing, the human person experiences the mystery of the triune God who takes the relationlessness of death upon himself, in order to be the being rich in relations, the being of love in the unity of life and death to the benefit of life.... I believe, therefore I am astonished at the trinitarian mystery as the sum of the gospel: God from eternity and thus in and of himself is God for us.”


Anonymous said...

In German this must be one of those sentences Mark Twain was talking about when he wrote that it "is a sublime and impressive curiosity ... it treats of fourteen or fifteen different subjects, each enclosed in a parenthesis of its own ... finally, all the parentheses and re-parentheses are massed together between a couple of king-parentheses ... after which comes the VERB, and you find out for the first time what the man has been talking about."

With Jüngel, however - with his Barthian tone - the wait is worth it!

Thanks, Ben.

Chris Tilling said...

As I mentioned on my blog, I recntly purchased 4 volumes of Jüngel's sermons. Great stuff, really.

David W. Congdon said...

Chris, I am jealous. Of course, I also wish that I were studying in Tübingen.

David W. Congdon said...

FYI, Ben, I apologize: I changed the title to that post without realizing that it would affect your link. I hope it's not too much of a hassle.

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