Monday, November 9, 2009

J.G. Hamann on Divine Service





"The mystery of Christian godliness does not consist of services, sacrifices and vows, which God demands on us, but of promises, fulfillments and sacrifices  which God has made for our benefit.  Again, the mystery of Christian godliness doe snot consist of the finest and greatest commandment that God has imposed, but of the supremem good that he has given us.  Once again, the mystery of Christian godliness does not consist of laws and moral teachings which merely had to do with human dispositions and actions, but of the enactment of divine decrees by means of divine acts, works and measures for the salvation of the whole world."

Johann Georg Hamann, "Golgotha und Scheblimini," in J.G. Hamann 1730-1788: A Study in Christian Existence by Ronald Gregor Smith (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1960), pp. 229-230.

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