“If the curse of death which separates man from God is abolished in the death of God, natural death remains, which existentialist interpretation makes it possible to accept: the resurrection hope means ‘God is my beyond’.” – Jürgen Moltmann, The Crucified God
Böcklin, Arnold. The Deposition. Tempera on panel. 1876.
“Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask the just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us not judge, that we not be judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has his own purpose.” – Abraham Lincoln, The Second Inaugural Address
Mosler, Henry. The Lost Cause. Augusta, GA. Morris Museum of Art, 1869. Oil on canvas.
“Reconciliation to God is secured by three divine acts: atonement, justification and regeneration.” – A. W. Tozer
Blake, William. Europe a Prophecy. 1794.
“In the realist, faith is not born from miracles, but miracles from faith.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
James, Laura. Feeding of the 5,000. 1999.
“Now, Lord, since it is you who gives understanding to faith, grant me to understand as well as you think fit, that you exist as we believe, and that you are what we believe you to be. We believe that you are that thing than which nothing greater can be thought.” – Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion
“Discourse about God comes second because faith comes first and is the source of theology; in the formula of St. Anselm, we believe in order that we may understand (credo ut intelligam).” – Gustavo Gutiérrez, A Theology of Liberation
Romanelli, Giovanni Francesco. The Meeting of the Countess Matilda and Anselm of Canterbury in the Presence of Pope Urban II. 1642. Oil on canvas.
“Upon the disappearance of the fixed points that should give unity to everyday activity, persons live at the mercy of events, unable to establish fruitful links between them and forced simply to jump from one to another.” – Gustavo Gutierrez, We Drink for Our Own Wells
Van Gogh, Vincent. Wheatfield with Crows. Amsterdam, Netherlands. Van Gogh Museum, 1890. Oil on canvas.
“We cannot believe that having shared so intimately in God’s reality in life we do not continue to share it beyond the grave.” – Eugene Borowitz
Tissot, James. God’s Promises to Abram. 1902. Gouache on board.