Foreword to Bp. Robert Barron’s book “The Priority of Christ”[1] by Francis Cardinal George, OMI

 

(Bishop) Barron presents Jesus as an icon[2], beyond concept but not beyond rationality, a ‘super-saturated’ phenomenon that is the central character in narratives that are always unique and never generic. Idols are manipulative expressions of our making; icons, by contrast, destroy special interests because they draw us into their world and prevent ours from becoming absolute. God is like a noisy shutter insistently banging in the night[3]. We resist listening because we fear moving out of beds of our own making[4]. Jesus, the revelation of God, tells us we have nothing to fear because God is not in competition with us[5]. He is not a threat; he sets us free to think truthfully and to act rightly. God’s self-revelation is a natural complement to human reason, not its competitor; and God himself is ‘neither one being among many nor the sum total of creatures understood collectively.’ Continue reading “Foreword to Bp. Robert Barron’s book “The Priority of Christ”[1] by Francis Cardinal George, OMI”

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