Rescued from Both Triumphalism and Despair

Both incredibly humbling and liberating:

Only when we grasp firmly that the church is not Jesus and Jesus is not the church—when we grasp, in other words, the truth of the ascension, that the one who is indeed present with us by the Spirit is also the Lord who is strangely absent, strangely other, strangely different from us and over against us, the one who tells Mary Magdalene not to cling to him—only then are we rescued from both hollow triumphalism and shallow despair.

-N. T. Wright, Surprised by Hope

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Posted on October 30, 2012, in N. T. Wright and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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