18 April 2014

The Expendable Backdrop

A must-read quote from George B. Caird...

"Too often evangelical Christianity has treated the souls of men as brands plucked from the burning and the world in general as a grim vale of soul-making. It has been content to see the splendour of the created universe ... as nothing more than the expendable backdrop for the drama of redemption. One of the reasons why men of our generation have turned against conventional Christianity is that they think it involves writing off the solid joys of this present life for the doubtful acquisition of some less substantial treasure ... the whole point of the resurrection of the body is that the life of the world to come is to be lived on a renewed earth ... Everything of real worth in the old heaven and earth ... will find a place in the eternal order" G.B.Caird

"The Christological Basis of Christian Hope", in Caird et al., The Christian Hope (London: SPCK, 1970), 22-24.