QUOTABLES: Adventurous Colony in a Society of Unbelief

“The church exists today as resident aliens, an adventurous colony in a society of unbelief. As a society of unbelief, Western culture is devoid of a sense of journey, of adventure, because it lacks belief in much more than the cultivation of an ever-shrinking horizon of self-preservation and self-expression . . . . When we are baptized, we (like the first disciples) jump on a moving train. As disciples, we do not so much accept a creed, or come to a clear sense of self-understanding by which we know this or that with utter certitude.  We become a part of a journey that began long before we got here and shall continue long after we are gone” (Will Willimon & Stanley Hauerwas in Resident Aliens, 49-52).

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