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Re-enchantment

Chapter 43

Good Monday Morning to this week 43 of 2022

Now therefore, we do not know a person by the body, and if we have known the Messiah in the body, from now on we do not even know him so. All that is in the Messiah is therefore the New Creation; the old order has passed away to such. 2. Corinthians 5: 16-27 Aramic plain English

The Gospel is an enchanted story — hence our need for imagination. But it’s not just a story. We love redemption stories because we were created to inhabit such a story. It is enchanted, but it is real, this story Jesus is writing as He makes all things new and invites us to see the world with new eyes

Christianity is both a myth and a fact. It’s unique, it’s the true myth. C.S. Lewis.

‘Everyone can agree that one of the big differences between us and our ancestors of 500 years ago is that they lived in an “enchanted” world and we do not.’ Indeed, a great many theorists have argued that the defining feature of modernity is that people no longer believe in spirits, myths or magic. C. Taylor 2008

Madeleine L’Engle, (our patron saint of Wondern Awe). She writes in A Circle of Quiet ,

“Our children… have a passionate need for the dimension of transcendence, mysticism, way-outness. We’re not offering it to them legitimately. The tendency of the churches to be relevant and more-secular-than-thou does not answer our need for the transcendent. As George Tyrrell wrote about a hundred years ago, “If a [man’s] craving for the mysterious, the wonderful, the supernatural, be not fed on true religion, it will feed itself on the garbage of any superstition that is offered to it.”

As the famous Chesterton quote points out, we know there are dragons, so the fairy tale does not create the fear of big bad things. Rather the fairy tale structure gives the thread that leads through the battle with the dragon and leads to the hope of returning home safely. And this is a hope that does not disappoint because this hope is true and trustworthy.

Is it not the basic formula what Romans 5 lays out for us?

And not only this, but we also boast in tribulations, realising that tribulation brings forth endurance, and endurance brings forth character, and character brings forth hope. And the hope of God never makes us ashamed because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, which has been given to us.

Wishing you an re-enchanted week!

Philemon


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