By James E. Will (auth.)
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We are who we are because of them. Love then is more fully understood when we use the illuminating subjective concepts of an internal I-Thou relation. Yet love is only fully what it is when it transcends its own subjectivity in just relationships; that is, when it relates to the other in creative ways that enhance the being of the other. Internal relations, alas, can also be destructive, even devastating, because they penetrate to the very heart of personal being. This is the horror of parental abuse, or manipulative mentors.
God brings forgiveness, healing, reconciliation, and peace from the transcendent dimensions of God’s own being into the ongoing world process by responding to the evil and suffering caused by what may rightly be called sin. God graciously transforms the alienated, unjust, and unloving dimensions of history toward the new or renewed wholeness of peace. Faithful persons are called and enabled again to become Jesus’ disciples and disciplined cocreators of what Jesus called God’s heavenly kingdom on earth.
Faithful persons are called and enabled again to become Jesus’ disciples and disciplined cocreators of what Jesus called God’s heavenly kingdom on earth. Faithfully serving our Creator and Redeemer This whole discussion may finally be expressed in one summary proposition: Grounded in our religious experience of God’s spiritual Presence, not least in the divine, spiritual tide toward ecumenical peace, the joining of biblical historical revelation and panentheistic philosophical concepts enables faithful Christians committed to peace to better understand the revelation of their gracious Creator, and then understand themselves as spiritually enabled by God to become cocreators of the emerging ecumenical peace that the sovereign love and wisdom of the Creator intends for the completion of our good, yet still sinful, creation.
A Contemporary Theology for Ecumenical Peace by James E. Will (auth.)