Quotes

NT Wright on the work of Christianity:

To hope for a better future in this world—for the poor, the sick, the lonely and depressed, for the slaves, the refugees, the hungry and homeless, for the abused, the paranoid, the downtrodden and despairing, and in fact for the whole wide, wonderful, and wounded world—is not something else, something extra, something tacked on to the gospel as an afterthought. - NT Wright

Jesus's resurrection is the beginning of God's new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord's Prayer is about. - NT Wright

Because the early Christians believed that resurrection had begun with Jesus and would be completed in the great final resurrection on the last day, they believed that God had called them to work with him, in the power of the Spirit, to implement the achievement of Jesus and thereby to anticipate the final resurrection, in personal and political life, in mission and holiness. - NT Wright

Because everything you do in the present, in the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, everything that flows out of love and hope and grace and goodness somehow will be part of God’s eventual Kingdom. That is the message of the resurrection. - NT Wright

Paul Tillich on Christian theology:

In Christ the new mankind has started. - Paul Tillich

The profound doctrine of a transcendent humanism, a humanism which says that Christ is the fulfillment of essential man, of the Adamic nature. - Paul Tillich

I am always surprised how much better the theology of the ancient church was than the popular theology which developed in the nineteenth century, how much profounder and more adequate to the paradox of Christianity, without becoming irrationalistic, nonsensical, or absurd. - Paul Tillich

CS Lewis on human destiny:

He came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life He has – by what I call ‘good infection.’ Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else. - CS Lewis

The command Be ye perfect is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command. He said (in the Bible) that we were ‘gods’ and He is going to make good His words. If we let Him – for we can prevent Him, if we choose – He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful; but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what He said. - CS Lewis

“Thy will be done.” But a great deal of it is to be done by God’s creatures; including me. The petition, then, is not merely that I may patiently suffer God’s will but also that I may vigorously do it. I must be an agent as well as a patient. I am asking that I may be enabled to do it. In the long run, I am asking to be given “the same mind which was also in Christ.” - CS Lewis

“It is a serious thing, to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or another of those destinations.” - CS Lewis

The Scriptures:

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory... (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)

So if anyone is in Christ, everything is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The Lord's Prayer:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil."
(Matthew 6:9-13)

Miscellaneous

For the Christian doctrine of the Incarnation is not simply a theophany — a revelation of God to Man; it is a new creation — the introduction of a new spiritual principle which gradually leavens and transforms human nature into something new. The history of the human race hinges on this unique divine event which gives meaning to the whole historical process. - Christopher Dawson  

The worship of God is not a rule of safety — it is an adventure of the spirit, a flight after the unattainable. The death of religion comes with the repression of the high hope of adventure. - Alfred North Whitehead

Dante's Paradiso, first recorded use of "transhuman", circa 1320

Words may not tell of that transhuman change:
And therefore let the example serve, though weak,
For those whom grace hath better proof in store

Dante's Paradiso, Canto 1
circa 1320

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Jesuit priest and paleontologist

Liberty: that is to say, the chance offered to every man (by removing obstacles and placing the appropriate means at his disposal) of ‘trans-humanizing’ himself by developing his potentialities to the fullest extent. (The Future of Mankind, 1949)

In consequence one is the less disposed to reject as unscientific the idea that the critical point of planetary Reflection, the fruit of socialization, far from being a mere spark in the darkness, represents our passage, by Translation or dematerialization, to another sphere of the Universe: not an ending of the ultra-human but its accession to some sort of trans-humanity at the ultimate heart of things. (The Future of Mankind, 1951)

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  • commented 2016-05-07 14:15:36 -0500
    http://heaven.lamc.la the Republic of Heaven is at Hand… #Smile!
  • commented 2015-11-09 14:25:34 -0600
    Sure, we all want to see suffering eased, technology used to benefit mankind. But how much transhumanism sounds like every materialist Utopia to ever come down the pike. Making ourselves more than human by our own cleverness-ubermensch, aye? Transhumanism: SOS http://blog.roadupward.com/2015/11/03/transhumanism-sos-same-old-st/
  • commented 2015-03-30 15:30:38 -0500
    So if anyone is in Christ, [everything is a new creation] – or – [he is a new creature]: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • commented 2015-02-23 07:24:30 -0600
    Sure! You have any to suggest?
  • commented 2015-02-22 23:38:49 -0600
    Nice quotes, will there be more added in future?

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