Thursday, September 28, 2006

Response to Comments on Death!

Dear Joe and Dan, Many thanks for making comments on this morning's post. Why am I not surprised to see a spark of tension between them?

Sorry Dan, but again I find myself closer to Joe's position. Let me quote Yale's Nicholas Wolterstorff in his book Lament for a Son (p. 63):

Someone said to Claire, "I hope you're learning to live at peace with Eric's death." Peace, shalom, salaam. Shalom is the fulness of life in all dimensions. Shalom is dwelling in justice and delight with God, with neighbor, with oneself, in nature. Death is shalom's mortal enemy. Death is demonic. We cannot live at peace with death.

...He did not say that on that day we would live at peace with death. He said that on that day, "There will be no more death."

C'mon you "lurkers"---what do you all think? Comments invited!


Blogger Dan Trabue said...

"Death is demonic."

Says who? What's your theological problem with death? I've heard various positions on death, but nothing so strong as "death is demonic."

Fri Sep 29, 09:50:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger S and C said...

Thank you for the comment! I've turned this into a post (see above). ---SLC

Sat Sep 30, 07:48:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Dr. Joseph Ray Cathey said...

Steve (and Dan),

I would argue that Death is an opponent of God (cf. 1 Cor. 15: 54-57). Indeed, Death has been defeated by the Cross of Christ! Yet, this defeat is in theological tension presently. Almost like the present but not yet aspect of the Kingdom of God, yes?

Mon Oct 02, 08:17:00 AM GMT-5  

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