Sunday, 5 August 2012

A minister or a muck farmer?

Some more great stuff from Cornelius Plantinga in Engaging God's world, on the implications of living in a world created by God as opposed to a world that just came into being by chance,
'St Francis of Assisi and his kin show us how to love the natural world, without worshipping it. In their eyes, material reality is a good thing. God loves material things which is why he made lots of it, (God must love space even more). Moreover God made people to be embodied creatures, and the second person of God honoured us by assuming our flesh and blood. Every Christian hopes for "the resurrection of the body" so that in the life everlasting we may learn some bodily moves that we never had time for, such as the backstroke and the Texan two step. The reason this is possible is that the "new heaven and the new earth" is apparently going to be a physical setting with physical joys such as eating and drinking with Jesus. (Matt 26.24).
It follows that the things of the mind and spirit are no better, and are sometimes much worse, than the things of the body. Christianity rejects those "boutique spiritualities" ancient and modern. that scorn the messy, organic nature of physical life. The human spirit is not necessarily more aristocratic than the human body. It is not more Christian to play chess than to play hockey. It is not more Christian to become a minister than to be a muck farmer'
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