Monday, August 3, 2015

A very Jenson-like quote from Yoder on God's self-identity in time

"God's identity (i.e., God's being authentically and faithfully who God is and not something or somebody else) does not consist in timelessness that resists all change, so that his first word in Genesis would be also his last. His identity consists in his moving and working always in the same direction, through all of these centuries. That 'same direction' we know best, most clearly in Jesus; but when we avow that fact, then in its light we can understand the ancient Israelite events and documents as already constituting part of that work, moving in that direction."

—John Howard Yoder, The End of Sacrifice: The Capital Punishment Writings of John Howard Yoder, ed. John C. Nugent (Harrisonburg, VA: Herald Press, 2011), p. 150