Law Religion Culture Review

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Sunday, January 02, 2005

Seeming Paradoxes.

Having studied theology formally in undergraduate and graduate settings, and informally elsewhere, I have observed that some of the core tenets of orthodoxy Christianity demonstrate seeming paradoxes. I have catalogued a few, as follows:

1. Jesus Christ is both fully human and fully God;
2. The Trinity is both One and Three simultaneously;
3. The Kingdom of God is both present and future (“Already, but not yet”. See, e.g., Mark D. Roberts, Jesus Revealed, p. 54);
4. The Bible is both God-breathed (II Tim. 3:16) and written by humans (see, e.g., Gal. 6:11); and
5. Christians are both elected by God and saved by their volition.