Theological Fragments: Bonhoeffer on The End & the Beginning

“Only the church, which knows of the end [of all things], knows also of the beginning. It alone knows that between the beginning and now there lies the same breach as between now and the end, that the beginning and now are related in the same way as life is to death, as the new is to the old. The church therefore sees the beginning only in dying, from the viewpoint of the end. It views the creation from Christ; or better, in the fallen, old world it believes in the world of the new creation, the new world of the beginning and the end, because it believes in Christ and in nothing else (Bonhoeffer, Creation and Fall, 22).

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