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Rowan Williams on the body of Christ, ctd.

More from Rowan Williams’ Resurrection:

The resurrection faith is bound up with the existence of the community, then; but that does not immediately answer the question of the source of both faith and community. . . . That is to say: there is something prior to the community. . . . [Thus] it is and is not true to see the Church as “identified” with the risen Jesus: the Church is where Jesus is met, where bodily grace and reconciliation are now shown, it is the “body” of Jesus’ presence; but the Church still meets Jesus as an other, a stranger, it never absorbs him into itself so that he ceases to be its lover and judge. (p. 94-95)


  1. kim fabricius wrote:

    Cf. Williams on the empty tomb tradition:

    “What I have been proposing is that the empty tomb tradition is, theologically speaking, part of the Church’s resource in resisting the temptation to ‘absorb’ Jesus into itself, and thus part of what its confession of the divinity of Jesus amounts to in spiritual and political practice. Jesus is not the possession of the community … The freedom of Jesus to act, however we unpack that deceptively simple statement, is not exhausted by what the community is doing or thinking – which allows us to say that Jesus’ role for the community continues, vitally, to be that of judge, and that those who are charged with speaking authoritatively for or in the community stand in a very peculiar and paradoxical place… They remain under the judgement of the Risen One, along with the rest of the community, and their task is to direct attention away from themselves to Jesus, to reinforce the community’s awareness of living under Jesus’ judgement. The point at which they claim to foreclose the judgement of the risen Jesus is the point at which they occlude the reality of the continuing life or freedom of Jesus. Their rationale is to remind the community of the danger of swallowing Jesus up in its own life and practice…

    “The tomb tradition, then should be the ground of certain kinds of questions put by the Church to itself, especially as regards its attitude to institutional authority…”

    Rowan Williams, “Between the Cherubim: The Empty Tomb and the Empty Throne”, in On Christian Theology (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000), pp.192f.

    Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Permalink
  2. Halden wrote:

    Well, I was going to post that quote later, but since you’ve got it here, I’ll put it up now. : )

    Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Permalink
  3. kim fabricius wrote:


    Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

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