John Drury  2002  Quote List


“God is light; but he is unlike any other light we know.”   - Irenaeus


“For without a pure mind and a modeling of the life after the saints a man could not possible comprehend the words of the saints.”   - Athanasius, On the Incarnation 110.


“For what learning has he received from the sacred pages of the New and Old Testaments, who does not so much as understand the very beginning of the Creed?”  - The Tome of Leo


“The purpose of theology is to make us better readers of scripture."  - George Hunsinger


"Doctrines are conceptual re-descriptions of the Biblical narratives." - Hans Frei


“Does the Gospel I preach and teach have a natural tendency to cause people who hear it to become full-time students of Jesus?  Would those who believe it become his apprentices as a natural ‘next step’?  What can we reasonably expect would result from people actually believing the substance of my message?”   - Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy 58.


"Don't ever, ever use your knowledge of the original language to cause lay people to distrust their Bibles."  -   Scott Jones


“The interpretation which best advances charity is the correct interpretation.”  - Augustine, On Christian Doctrine


"The bible tells a story which is the story, the story of which our human life is a part.  It is not that stories are a part of the human life, but that human life is part of a story."   - Leslie Newbigin, Open Secret 92


“I cannot therefore by any means receive this assertion … because it is contrary to the whole tenor of Scripture; secondly, because it is contrary to the experience of the children of God; thirdly, because it is absolutely new, never heard of in the world till yesterday; and lastly, because it is naturally attended with the most fatal consequences.”   - John Wesley, “Sin in Believers”


"The Incarnation of God in Christ does not belong to a general ‘meaning’ class, including ‘paradox’ ... it is not a logical contradiction--How it is possible for a person to be once human and divine is not intrinsically irrational, but the condition of its possibility, or rationality, is one we cannot know in this present finite state"    - Hans Frei, Types of Christian Theology 81


“And as God swears by his name, so he does also by his holiness, that is, by himself.”  - John Wesley, comment on Rev. 4:8 in Explanatory Notes on the New Testament


“I am not going to tell you my name, not yet at any rate… For one thing it would take a long while: my name is growing all the time, and I’ve lived a very long, long time; so my name is like a story.  Real names tell you the story of things they belong to in my language, in the Old Entish as you might say.  It is a lovely language, but it takes a very long time to say anything in it, because we do not say anything in it unless it is worth taking a long time to say, and to listen to.”   - Treebeard (LOTR III: 81)


“For he was humanized that we might be divinized; and he manifested himself by a body that we might receive the idea of the unseen father; and he endured the insolence of men that we might inherit immortality.”   - Athanasius, On the Incarnation 107.


“So that the salvation which is here spoken of might be extended to the entire work of God, from the first dawning of grace in the soul, till it is consummated in glory.”   - John Wesley, “The Scripture Way of Salvation”


“Christ is no afterthought; He is the original meaning of humanity.”    - Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Christ in the Psalms 16.


“The divine judgment itself in its reality is only what happened at Golgotha.  But it really did happen there.  We therefore find its traces and tokens, its announcements and echoes, in the environs of Golgotha.  These environs are Israel, the Church, the world, and our own lives.”     - Karl Barth, CD II/1: 406


 “But to be quite frank, grace is cheap from the point of view of those who need it.  That is why attacks on ‘cheap grace’ never make much difference.  To try to rule out unheroic Christianity by making grace expensive will only add confusion about matters of vast importance.  And if a fire is likely, it would not be a mark of wisdom to forgo insurance that is really available.”  Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy 37.


 “The third incomparable benefit of faith is that it unites the soul with Christ as a bride is united with her bridegroom... Now just as Christ by his birthright obtained these two prerogatives, so he imparts them and shares them with everyone who believes in him according to the law of the above mentioned marriage, according to which the wife owns whatever belongs to the husband."     - Martin Luther, The Freedom of a Christian


“For each ‘form’ [divine and human] does the acts which belong to it, in communion with the other.”     - The Tome of Leo


 “No one need worry about our getting the best of God in some bargain with him, or that we might somehow succeed in using him for our purposes.  Anyone who thinks this is a problem has seriously underestimated the intelligence and agility of our Father in the heavens.  He will not be tricked or cheated.  Any arrangement God has established will be right for him and right for us.  We can count on it.”  Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy 38.


"For the Christians have changed their swords and their lances into instruments of peace, and they know not how to fight."   - Irenaeus


“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”   - Gandalf the Grey (LOTR I: 85)


"Jesus is not for one against the other.  He is against all for the sake of all"  - Leslie Newbigin, Open Secret 56