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31.7.06

"The Irresistible Revolution"

So, I'm reading a new book (well, 4 books right now) titled "The Irresistible Revolution: living life as an ordinary radical" by Shane Claiborne. It's a book I both want to continue reading, and I want to put it down and walk away from it. Thankfully, I don't think I'll walk away from it, and I hope when I finally do put it down, it stays with me. The book is a collection of stories (from what I can tell) from Shane's life that stand to challenge the church to be followers and not merely believers. There is a great quote in there by Soren Kierkegaard that is challenging me right now:

"The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We prentend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obligated to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world? Herein lies the real place of Christian Scholarship. Christian Scholarship is the Church's prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship, what would we do without you? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament."
(Soren Kierkegaard, Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard)

So, I don't know, think about it, tell me what you think, go to the new link I set up to "The Simple Way" - it's an intentional community which Shane and his friends started in Philly.

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