January 3, 2010 Logos and Phos

Posted on Fri, Mar 9, 2007:

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2He was with God in the beginning.
3Through him all things were made;
without him nothing was made that has been made.  
4In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  
5The light shines in the darkness,
but the darkness has not understood[a] it.
6There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.
He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.
He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.[b]

Original Word: φῶς
Transliteration: phós
Phonetic Spelling: (foce)
Short Definition: light
phosgene, phosphor, phosphate, phosphorus, phosphorescent, phosphorescence

Original Word: λόγος
Transliteration: logos
Phonetic Spelling: (log'-os)
Short Definition: word

Two Greek word/concepts central to the view of Jesus shaped in early church.

Logos -popular and more examined
Phos - more common association, yet less propagated

phos and zoe  - life and light cross

Both are words of extension, of outgoingness and characterize God.

alternatives to the outgoing God:

In 1929 Edwin Hubble, working at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California, measured the redshifts of a number of distant galaxies. He also measured their relative distances by measuring the apparent brightness of a class of variable stars called Cepheids in each galaxy. When he plotted redshift against relative distance, he found that the redshift of distant galaxies increased as a linear function of their distance. The only explanation for this observation is that the universe was expanding.


"Fundamentalism fails to make contact with the present situation, not because it speaks from beyond every situation, but because it speaks from a situation of the past.  It elevates something finite and transitory to infinite and eternal validity.  In this respect fundamentalism has demonic traits.  It destroys the humble honesty of the search fro truth, it splits the conscience of its thoughtful adherents, and it makes them fanatical because they are forced to supress elements of truth of which they are dimly aware."  Paul Tillich (ST, p.1)

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