More Wisdom from Howard Thurman - Matthew Fox

Resurrection Logic: How Jesus; First Followers Believed God Raised Him from the Dead

More Wisdom from Howard Thurman - Matthew Fox

Resurrection Logic: How Jesus; First Followers Believed God Raised Him from the Dead

Among the many lessons I learned from dialoging with Bruce Chilton on his seminal book, Resurrection Logic: How Jesus; First Followers Believed God Raised Him from the Dead, is respect for diversity. It is so clear that many people who experienced the risen Christ did so in very diverse ways.

And in many ways the history of Christianity has been very diverse also. Different emphases, different directions, different telling of stories and choosing of stories. Sometimes labelled Greek Orthodox or Russian Orthodox or Celtic or Roman Catholic or Coptic or Protestant (many variations there) or African or South American or Asian, diversity reigns. Such diversity reigned from the beginning in the sharing of resurrection stories for example.

Howard Thurman summarizes the truth of this reality wonderfully in his book, Jesus and the Disinherited:

Jesus of Nazareth. To some he is the grand prototype of all the distilled longing of mankind for fulfillment, for wholeness, for perfection.

To some he is the Eternal Presence hovering over all the myriad needs of humanity, yielding healing for the sick of body and soul, giving a lift to those whom weariness has overtaken in the long march, and calling out hidden purposes of destiny which are the common heritage.

To some he is more than a Presence; he is the God fact, the Divine Moment in human sin and human misery.

To still others he is a man who found the answer to life’s riddle, and out of a profound gratitude he becomes the Man most worthy of honor and praise.

Thus interpreted, he belongs to no age, no race, no creed.

When men look into his face, they see etched the glory of their own possibilities, and their hearts whisper, “Thank you and thank God!”

And this statement on the prophetic side of Jesus.

What, then, is the word of the religion of Jesus to those who stand with their backs against the wall? There must be the clearest possible understanding of the anatomy of the issues facing them. They must recognize fear, deception, hatred, each for what it is. Once having done this, they must learn how to destroy these or to render themselves immune to their domination.

Instead of fighting science, Thurman urges and celebrates our basic curiosity about cosmology.

It is natural that man should concern himself with beginnings. This is a part of the curiosity of the mind. Without it there would be no exploration of the world and there would be no growth. . . . This is an inherent characteristic of mind; it is not unique to any particular age of man, culture, or society. Contemplation concerning origins is a part of the curiosity of the race.

Today science is gifting us with a new story of the universe, one that is being understood around the world. We are also learning how our ancestors all came from Africa. A rebirth of wonder follows those who keep their curiosity about origins alive.

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