Embodied Encounter

“At the centre of Christian devotion is not a revealed doctrine, a religious ideal, or even a right way of life, but an embodied human person. Christianity began not with beliefs about Jesus, but with people who had known Jesus. They were affected by Jesus as we are affected by a powerful friendship, not as we are affected by reading a powerful book or encountering a new idea. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled…” (1 John 1:1). The heartbeat of Christian faith is embodied encounter.”

-Ben Myers, The Icon of the Holy Cross: 15 Glances


3 thoughts on “Embodied Encounter

  1. I like this. However, I have encountered ideas through powerful fiction that reads like a friendship and has taught me so very much about the Way and the Person of Christ. Of course, the act of co-creating (that is good writing coupled with good reading) is an embodied act. Art is always on some level autobiographical, which in turn results in an embodied text.

  2. Great quote, Lisbeth! I really like John’s “that which was from the beginning…and which our hands have handled.” From the sublime to the personal.

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