Wednesday, 16 June 2010

No Spirit equals machine

The death of Adam (in eating the fruit) caused the absence of the Spirit of God

He is now spirit-less in a way - a puppet controlled by the other spirits

same thing happens in the church: (more Gunton)

“the Spirit tends to be institutionalized, so that in place of the free dynamic, personal and particular agency of the Spirit, he is made into a substance which becomes the possession of the church. It can be argued, then, that the criticism of the mainstream common to many of the ‘heretical’ movements of European church history is that they see the institution as claiming too much o a realization of eschatology, while expecting too little of the community as a whole.”

The church then runs via the zeitgeist - the spirit of the age
whatever that spirit is, so the church runs... a dead machine

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