Truth & simplicity

I am reading a book by the Anglican Bishop Tom Wright called ‘Simply Christian’. The title intrigued me as I don’t find being a Christian simple at all  but staying faithful to the teachings of Jesus a hard path to follow at times . I wanted to discover why Bishop Tom sees it so simply. The book outlines the relevance of the Bible and the Christian story for the contemporary world and in explaining God’s plan, reveals the central importance of Jesus and what it means to follow him. From time to time I get a little over excited about the concept of truth, and found Bishop Tom’s description (below) very helpful, so I wanted to share it on this blog:

” The quest for truth. for reality, for what we can be sure of, is infinitely more complicated than simple yes-and-no questions will allow. There is appropriate  complexity and appropriate simplicity. The more we learn, the more we discover that we humans are fantastically complicated creatures. Yet on the other hand, human life is full of moments when we know that things are also very, very, simple…We honour and celebrate our complexity and our simplicity by continually doing 5 things. We tell stories. We act out rituals. We create beauty. We work in communities. We think out beliefs. ..In and through all these things run the threads of love and pain, of fear and faith, of worship and doubt, of the quest for justice, the thirst for spirituality, and the promise and problem of human relationships. And if there is such a thing as ‘truth’, in some absolute sense, it must relate to, and make sense of, all this and more.”

Ah, so the God’s honest truth is as simple as that mate!


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