Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Transcendence and Immanence Lead to Ecstasy and Intimacy

For AWAF conference speaker Dr. Edith Humphrey, the orthodoxy of the church reveals what is exciting about Christianity. At the center of orthodoxy is the Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. She warns that modern spiritual viewpoints attempting to capture the dramas of each person’s story have caused the focus on the One real thing to dissipate. Dr. Humphrey writes in her book Ecstasy and Intimacy, “We must remember that utter reality (that is, God himself) and true power (that is, his mercy and justice) are seen in the One who has made himself known to us. In coming to be God-with-us, the Word of God disclosed to us (as far as we are able to bear it) the mystery and glory of the Three-In-One and One-In-Three—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

Whereas modern spirituality begins and ends with self, Christian spirituality begins and ends with Jesus, the Alpha and Omega. Dr. Humphrey reaches backwards to grasp traditional Christianity's reverence and right regard of the Trinity. Through social commentary and theological language, she recenters today's Christianity on the Trinity. She focuses on the Incarnate God who has revealed the mystery of the Trinity. For Humphrey, authentic faith is not blocked but bolstered by traditions of the church. It is within the core foundations of early Christian thought that we find help in knowing God today and into the future.

Hear more from Dr. Humphreys at the Ancient Wisdom - Anglican Futures Conference June 4 - 6, 2009.

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