Saturday, August 7, 2010

Michael Ramsey on Transfiguration

I came across this after my last post. It hints at some of the same ideas:

Confronted with a universe more terrible than ever in the blindness and the destructiveness of its potentialities, men and women must be led to Christian faith, not as a panacea of progress or as an otherworldly solution unrelated to history, but as a gospel of Transfiguration. Such a gospel transcends the world and yet speaks directly to the immediate here-and-now. He who is transfigured is the Son of Man; and as he discloses on the holy mountain another world, he reveals that no part of created things, and no moment of created time lies outside the power of the Spirit, who is Lord, to change it from glory to glory. (The Gory of God and the Transfiguration of Christ, p. 147)

Michael Ramsey was a theologian and the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1961-1974. Along with the book from which this quote is taken, his The Gospel and the Catholic Church is considered a classic of Anglicanism. The Anglican Spirit is also very good. Just about anything Michael Ramsey wrote is an edifying read.


Keith Carter said...

As I cannot find a personal e-mail, I would like to extend my congratulations to you here for your being elected as a candidate for the next Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield.
I look forward to meeting you at the "Walkabout" in Mt. Vernon, IL on 31 August.

Matt Gunter said...

Thanks, Kieth. It's an honor to be among the candidates. I look forward to meeting you later this month.