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January 3, 2010 Logos and Phos
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Posted on Fri, Mar 9, 2007
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made;
without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and that life was the light
shines in the darkness,
but the darkness has not understood it.
There 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.
The true light that gives light
to every man was coming into the world.
Original Word: φῶς
Phonetic Spelling: (foce)
Short Definition: light
phosgene, phosphor, phosphate, phosphorus, phosphorescent, phosphorescence
Original Word: λόγος
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
- I am the light of the world he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life. john 8:12
- As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world john 9:5
- You are the light of the world Matt 5:14
phos and zoe - life and light cross
Both are words of extension, of outgoingness and characterize God.
alternatives to the outgoing God:
- the uncaring God, self-sufficient and complete
- the indrawing God, sucking energy and service
- the not God, emptiness
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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