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McCabe on Love, Jesus, and Idolatry

If you love enough you will be killed.  Mankind inevitably rejects the only solution to its problem, the solution of love.  Human history rejects its own meaning.  Mankind is doomed.  In this way we may look on the crucifixion and despair.  The resurrection changes the whole perspective.  It says that Jesus is not only a man who happes to offer love in its absolute form, but that he does so in obedience to the Father, that this the solution to the problem of mankind, the problem of communication, is the Father’s plan, and that though men may reject it the Father does not.  God comes into the picture for the Christian as ‘He who raised Jesus up from the dead’.  The love Jesus offers has its source totally outside history.  Jesus, we discover, is not only totally for others, he is also totally of the Father.  The spirit he makes available, what I call the friendship that frees men, his own spirit, is the spirit of the Father.  The communication he makes possible is a living into the Father’s communication of himself.  From one point of view the resurrection is a revelation of the Trinity, we see Jesus and his Spirit in relationship to the Father.  For this reason there is no unitarian halfway between atheism and the Trinity.  Any worship of the gods other than as revealed in the resurrection of Jesusis idolatry.”

–Herbert McCabe, God Matters (New York: Continuum, 2003), 124.

One Comment

  1. Pontificator wrote:

    McCabe frequently makes the argument that Jesus was killed because he loved. I do not disagree with the claim, but it strikes me as a generalization divorced from the biblical narrative. It’s too abstract and needs to be expressed, I think, in the particulars of the story, as we find, e.g., in the writings of N. T. Wright.

    Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 5:18 am | Permalink

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