Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Meaning of Life...Consummation

"The Christian hope of the consummation of life and history is less absurd than alternate doctrines which seek to comprehend and to effect the completion of life by some power or capacity inherent in man and his history. It is an integral part of the total Biblical conception of the meaning of life. Both the meaning and its fulfillment are ascribed to a centre and source beyond ourselves. We can participate in the fulfillment of the meaning only if we do not seek too proudly to appropriate the meaning as our secure possession or to effect the fulfillment by our own power...For the ending of our life would not threaten us if we had not falsely made ourselves the center of life's meaning..."

-Reinhold Niebuhr

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