The Cornerstone Forum
Keeping Faith & Breaking Ground
"The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone." Luke 20:17
In the 6th part of the Poetry of Truth series Gil Bailie pauses in his reflections on the Gospel of Luke at the end of chapter 10 to inquire into the unique Christian understanding of the Trinitarian nature of God. This Trinitarian understanding was not, as some suppose, the result of the influence of Greek philosophy on Jewish monotheism but rather was born out the messy theological musings of the early Church fathers as they began grappling with the paradox of the absolute otherness of God and the undeniable human personhood of Jesus of Nazareth who revealed God as his Father. This new understanding resulted in a new way type of thought.
Beginning in chapter 11 Luke’s shortened version of the Lord’s Prayer is discussed followed by Jesus’ teaching on asking and receiving. The source of Jesus’ healing powers is questioned by some saying he drives out demons by the power of Beelzebub. Mr. Bailie explores this episode by comparing the gospel writer’s descriptions of demon possession with modern psychoanalytical theories, and viewing these through the lens of Girardian interdividual psychology. The themes of ‘gathering and scattering’ and ‘this generation’ are dealt with.