Dualism is Cool

 

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But triadalism is actually the key to two-kingdom theology:

So we don’t work with only two categories: sacred and evil. There’s a third one: common. In this respect, the believer’s sphere of activity overlaps with that of his or her non-Christian neighbors. They share common blessings and common woes. Yet the holy nation that Christ is creating by his Word and Spirit is a remnant from all cultures, across all times and places. It is holy, not common, because it is claimed by God as the cherished object of his saving grace. Through his gospel, signified and sealed to us and to our children in baptism, the covenant community is that holy commonwealth that began with the announcement to our first parents after they had sinned.

Enjoying God’s creation is common. In its commonness, it is a remarkable testimony to God’s goodness, power, and other invisible attributes, as Paul tells us in Romans 1 and 2. However, hearing God’s gospel is holy and hearing and receiving it makes us holy, as Paul says in Romans 3 (and chapter 10). A great concert may witness to God’s glory in human creativity, but God delivers his saving Word in the covenant assembly. God is omnipresent and his creative power is evident through everything that he has made. However, the question for sinners is where God has promised to be present in grace and mercy.

God still separates one holy day out of six common ones. God still separates specific activities: preaching of the Word, public prayer, confession and declaration of pardon, administration of baptism and the Supper, singing the Word of Christ, and the fellowship of saints, from the common activities of work, friendships, and entertainment. So all of life is indeed blessed and upheld by God’s common grace, but there remains a distinction between the common and the holy; common grace and saving grace; that which is honorable, God-glorifying, and helpful to our neighbors and that which is redemptive.

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4 Responses to Dualism is Cool

  1. renee says:

    Dualism is Cool…..not when you are a Catholic unless your name is Patrick Kennedy.

    http://www.thericatholic.com/opinion/detail.html?sub_id=2632

  2. Zrim says:

    Yeah, it must be hard to have a Protestant ecclesiology while a member of the Catholic Church.

    But backstroke the Tiber, Patrick, and you can have whatever politics you want…provided you land in 2K Prot’ism.

  3. renee says:

    You know what I find amusing about Catholic politicians Zrim, that Non-Catholics seem to know more about Catholicism then the Catholic politicians do. When John Kennedy ran for President it caused a panic from the masses. Fear was that a Catholic could not separate his beliefs from his vocation/occupation and would magically turn the U. S. into a Catholic country overnight with the Vatican in charge or something crazy like that. The non-Catholics were correct except for the Catholic Church taking over the United States. (though in this last week, the Church is again being accused of taking over the government and Congress by everyone who is angered about the USCCB and the Stupak Admendment) Anyhow, that is not the point I want to make. The point is while non-Catholics know that Catholics cannot leave their Catholicism home when they go to work, Catholic politicians insist that they can while knowing full well that the Church teaches otherwise. They seem to think they are exempt or something because of their choice of occupation more so then the rest of us Catholics, when actually they have more responsibility then those of us Catholics who are not politicians.

    Truth is they know that if they follow their Catholic teachings and conscience they will most likely be/remain un-employed in the political arena. So to get the votes they try to straddle the fence and hope they do not lose their balance.

    Why they don’t backstroke the Tiber but instead try to change the Church is a mystery that is known only to them.

    I for one am glad that the Bishops are calling them out on their hypocrisy. It is about time…..

  4. Zrim says:

    Bingo, Renee.

    And what chafes me is when Protestant leaders applaud pontiffs for calling out. They don’t applaud because the pontiffs are being good Catholics, but they sacrifice their Protestant ecclesiology because they agree with the conclusion of the political issue at hand and want to see some bullying from somewhere, anywhere.

    I am thinking of when the Pope called out Pelsoi publically on her Roe politics. I agree that she doesn’t portray good Catholicism. But what’s way worse is when Protestant leaders seem all too eager to applaud Roman eccleisology just because they share the Pope’s politics.

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