Sunday, August 20, 2006

The freedom of the Christian

I recently found a great buy in a Tübingen second hand book shop. I always head to the theology section of course, and looking through the Küng books I found one that I not only don’t have, but also carried the famous theologians signature too - all for 8€ which makes me a happy man!

The book in question is one of Küng’s forgotten gems: Freiheit des Christen. In this little volume Küng presses the connection – even the identity – of freedom and being a Christian.

Freedom is a subject that has been exercising and fascinating me much this week, not least because of this little book. To be honest, I feel I have a lot to learn about freedom and the meaning of such passages as the following:

  • ‘... the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God’ (Rom 8:21)
  • ‘Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’ (2 Cor 3:17)
  • ‘For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery’ (Gal 5:1)
  • ‘As servants1 of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil’ (1 Pet 2:16)

I’d be interested to hear from anyone book or article recommendations on the subject of Christian freedom ...


At 8/20/2006 11:11 PM, Anonymous T.B. Vick said...

Hey Chris,

What a great find!

At 8/21/2006 7:42 PM, Anonymous Jeff said...

I read Jeremy Begbie's book 'Theology, Music and Time' a couple months ago, and there's a great section on freedom and the way improvisation in the jazz tradition can illuminate our discussions of it.

At 8/22/2006 12:04 AM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Cheers Jeff! I'm no musician though, you think I could still relate to it?


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