An idealist reads Käsemann

“An idealistic Christianity that cares only for the soul and eternal life is a mockery of the Man who went from the stall to the gallows, attracted the wrath of the believers of his time, and, if not exclusively, in any event continually, spent time in bad society… It is an absurd perversion of the gospel to separate salvation into the vertical and horizontal, as if it were directed at angels and not at the damned of the earth, at salvation for the hopeless, the healing of the sick, and victory over the demonic.” (Ernst Käsemann, On Being a Disciple of the Crucified Nazarene, p. 234)

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