For Bonhoeffer, the call of the Christian was a call to faithfulness rather than a call to be safe or "right." That means that one must be able to trust God's ability to act redemptively
, even though our human efforts will always be flawed.
It could go further than this: Christ took on the attributes of human beings in order to suffer redemptively
. The difficulty we have in recognizing Kitaj in the shown woman is matched by the standing artistic problem in the West of representing Christ as a divine being in human form.
As is the case with Dickey's animals in many of his poems, such as "Approaching Prayer," "Eagles," "Reincarnation I and II," and "The Sheep Child," the snake now functions redemptively
by assuming the role of what is a shamanic commonplace in anthropological literature, namely, a power animal.
In this needful state of mind, "dazzled" by the juxtaposition of the "green-glooming twilight" of his protective shade with the "living fire of emeralds" beyond, Pelleas is "Suddenly waken'd" to the sight he so desires redemptively
Reference began to be made to particular sections in the 1966 World Mission policy that called for mutual respect between Christian and non-Christian religions and acknowledged that "God is creatively and redemptively
at work in the religious life of all mankind." (74) This policy had passed with ease in 1966, without general council understanding its radical implications for evangelism.
In fact, in his early commentary on Romans, Barth held together his concern to keep God central with an awareness that God is redemptively
for the world, as indicated by the following: The Gospel speaks of God as He is: it is concerned with God Himself and with God only.
To the extent that this encyclical, and Christian theology in general, move toward transformative social engagement as necessary to Christian identity and the theological virtues, they imply and require a theology of the incarnate and risen Christ as redemptively
present to social and political relationships and structures.
If the Cathedral of Suffering could be located in the small lake outside Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, or maybe there is a quiet spot near Professor Jacobs' Trinity International University in Illinois, I'd wager it would affect redemptively
for generations the temper of the biblical, theological, and religious studies programs carried on nearby--and might even become a well-known pilgrimage place.
It may be more accurate to say, for instance, that LeRon Shults relies on trinitarian and eschatological conceptuality as a means for marking out conditions for relating redemptively
to the biblical God, i.e., as an expression of the gospel, rather than as "radical metaphysics" that risk Christian theology's interdisciplinary character (p.
That is, in hospitality, the center of gravity lies in neither the host nor the guest but in the God of both, who is discovered redemptively
in the meeting.
Selden, however, cannot act redemptively
within his culture because he cannot see apart from the cultural forces that form his being: "He saw that all the conditions of life had conspired to keep them apart; since his very detachment from the external influences which swayed her had increased his spiritual fastidiousness, and made it more difficult for him to live and love uncritically" (255).
He failed, says Parratt, "to make allowance for the fact that throughout its history Christianity has had to come to terms with the cultures in which it has been implanted." (15) Bediako offers the most developed critique, arguing that Kato's insistence on the exclusive role of the Bible as a revelation of salvation, coupled with his negative appraisal of African traditional religion, blinded him to the possibility that God may be working redemptively
among those who have, or had, no access to the Bible.