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Sin and love

What makes us humans is, of course, being more loving. And sin is a defect in this love. To say that Jesus was without sin just means that he was wholly loving, that he did not put up barriers against people, that he was not afraid of being at the disposal of others, that he was warm and free and spontaneous. That is what really lies behind the portentous sentence: ‘He spoke as one with authority.’ It makes him sound so magisterial and solemn. In fact it just means that what he said came straight from him warmly and immediately. He was never looking over his shoulder at the textbooks and traditions.

~ Herbert McCabe, God Still Matters, 96.


  1. Richard wrote:

    Charlie at Wipf suggested I read McCabe in light of some questions he had about some of the theological moves I’m prone to (read: liberal). Started reading God Matters this week on his recommendation.

    I can see what he was talking about. McCabe’s a force.

    Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Permalink
  2. R.O. Flyer wrote:

    Charlie told you McCabe was a liberal?!

    Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink
  3. Richard wrote:

    No. I’m the liberal. Charlie recommended McCabe to help get me straightened out.

    Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

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