God Losing the Security of God – 10 quotes from Peter Rollins book – Insurrection: To Believe is Human To Doubt, Divine

by Mark Votava

51pe1mK8lNL1. The loss of all that once gave meaning

“Radical doubt, suffering, and the sense of divine forsakenness are central aspects of Christ’s experience and thus a central part of what it means to participate in Christ’s death. The moment we feel the loss of all that once gave us meaning is not a time in which we are set free from Christ, nor is it a moment where we fall short of Christ: It is the time when we stand side by side with Christ.”

2. Revolutionaries are always untimely

“This is why revolutionaries are always untimely – for the simple reason that they can never be deemed reasonable or right by the present system because it is the present system that they critique…”

3. Material practices

“For what we must remember here is that the truth of a person is to be located, not in the story they tell about themselves, but in the drives and desires that manifest themselves in material practices…”

4. God losing the security of God

“It is in light of this that the Crucifixion of Christ can strike within us such a discordant tone, for here we witness more than the horror of an innocent man being tortured and killed. We see more than an act of political injustice or religious violence. On the cross we are confronted with God losing the security of God.”

5. Certainty is marketable

“The whole religion industry is thus fueled by our desire to escape suffering and avoid the gnawing sense of meaninglessness. The certainty is marketable because it is a response to our unhappy situation, and it keeps selling because it is ultimately ineffective in properly transforming it…”

6. Love enables us to see

“While love cannot be directly seen, love in a very specific way enables us to see…”

7. Religionless faith

“…the event of Resurrection opens up a type of religionless faith in which we are able to embrace the world and ourselves without some security blanket…”

8. Theological materialism

“In this way Christianity can be described as a theological materialism: It is that which transforms our material existence. If our faith does not throw us into the arms of the world, if it does not lead to our experience of responsibility, love, celebration, and our commitment to transformation, then, whatever we call it, we have nothing but an empty shell.”

9. Our very interpretations of the world

“Identifying with Christ, then, does not involve a way of adding some new interpretation to the world, but rather involves an act of subtraction in which we lay aside our various interpretations of the world.”

10. To run from our suffering

“…to deny the Resurrection of Christ means nothing less than to turn away from the world, to run from our suffering, to avoid an authentic meeting with our neighbor, and to hide from ourselves. It means holding too tightly to what we have and identifying too closely with our idealized image. It means avoiding doubt, turning from our weaknesses, and refusing to face up to our finitude. In short, it means saying ‘no’ to life.”

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