Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Praxis of Christianity

The monastics know how to do it. Basil the Great had some of the pointed advice about it. So why do the larger sacramental churches seem to lag with it?

Here's some practical advice, courtesy of Crossway, the publishers of the English Standard Version.

Ultimately, if there is any transformative dynamism in Scripture, it requires context. Sacramental churches often interpret this as being something more liturgical or doctrinal. While we shouldn't dismiss the validity and necessity of those two categories, there is a context of action or praxis.

Praxis determines if the liturgical and dogmatic contexts have substance. It provides a concrete quality to things which can be otherwise tenuous or ethereal. It makes propositions and prayers real. It is the mechanism of incarnating all one allegedly believes. The world of religion becomes suddenly and poignantly real.

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