The Cross Stands, While the Earth Revolves

Orthodox Ruminations

crossI’m currently about a 100 pages into Father John Behr’s (Dean of St. Vlad’s Orthodox Theological Seminary) “The Mystery of Christ: Life in Death” (A great review here). I’m enjoying this book immensely and finding it both challenging and enlightening in regards to theological method and hermeneutics. I came across, what is to me, a profound insight, which I simply wanted to share from chapter 2 “For This We Were Created”:

We can only speak of creation as having been brought into being by and for its savior Jesus Christ, and its whole history as having been providentially guided by him, from the moment that he is revealed within its history, at the Passion. Theologically speaking, creation and its history begins with the Passion of Christ and from this ‘once for all’ work looks backwards and forwards to see everything in this light, making everything…

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