It seems appropriate that I finished reading the last few chapters of Peter Rollins’ latest book today on Easter Sunday. I was not impressed after the first chapter and thought he was being quite narcissistic and presumptious about his own sense of importance and impact on the church and world. Even the whole first section on crucifixion did not impress me as his first book had. During my reading today of his last section, “resurrection,” I occasionally nodded my head in affirmation and often shook my head in amazement at his disconcerting turn of phrase if not his sheer disturbing theological profundity. There are a lot of thought provoking quotes in the chapters I read today but here are a few notable ones about resurrection:
Eternal life is thus fundamentally a transformation in the very way that we exist in the present.
The faith that is born in Resurrection does not enable us to escape these deeply troubling anxieties; it provides the power to face up to them.
For the believer who passes through the Christian experience, God is no longer related to as an object out there. Rather, God is affirmed only through a passionate participation in life itself.
In the very experience of being forsaken by God [Crucifixion] we find God in the very affirmation of life itself [Resurrection].
The event of the Resurrection opens up a type of religionless faith in which we are able to embrace the world and ourselves without some security blankets.
Resurrection is not something one argues for, but it is the name we give to a mode of living.
In many ways Rollins represents a new postmodern way of thinking about Christianity but in another way it reminds me of an “old” Anabaptist classic, Walking in the Resurrection or even further back to Hans Denck’s “Concerning True Love.”