Saturday, April 15, 2017

Creation sans λόγος




All things came into being through the λόγος John 1:3

Through him all things were made. (Nicene Creed, paragraph on the Second Person of the Trinity) 

Holy Saturday: without vaping too far off into the absurd, the mostly but not entirely tongue-in-cheek theological speculation chuckled through by our theology professor my years at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, was that there is One God, Father, Son (λόγος: Creating Word, “and God said …” Genesis 1:3) & Holy Spirit; that the One God (λόγος) became Incarnate in and as Jesus of Nazareth; that this One God (λόγος) having been put to death on cross on Good Friday, is dead on Holy Saturday; accordingly that Creation was that Day without a Creator, posing not only the question “who was in charge?” but the theological proposition that, the λόγος dead and ceasing to speak, shouldn’t all things on that Day, Holy Saturday, have vanished, evaporated, vaped, not only into nonexistence, but into never having been from the Beginning. 

And did that in fact happen, all only to be completely restored the instant the Father stepped into the Tomb and said, “Get up, Son!”? 

Then, as Martin Bell wrote in The Way of the Wolf, they both went home and colored Easter eggs.

The Baptismal Covenant

Celebrant
Do you believe in God the Father?
People
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth.

Celebrant
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
        and born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
        was crucified, died, and was buried.
    He descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again.
    He ascended into heaven,
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.



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