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February 15, 2008

C. F. D. Moule Again

Back in October I blogged on C. F. D. Moule and offered some links to obituaries. Now there's a Sermon for the Life and Work of the Revd Prof CFD Moule by Rowan Williams, preached at Great St. Mary's, Cambridge, on February 9.

Here are a couple excerpts:

There was the apparently limitless generosity with his time and attention for students: I am only one of scores who found their way to his rooms in Clare on Tuesday evenings to discuss the sort of issues in New Testament studies that preoccupied us and to discover that so much of what we were struggling and arguing about could be held within a calm and prayerful perspective, within the hugely bigger intellectual and spiritual world that Charlie lived in. And there was the sheer manner of the man: the unforced humility, the shy warmth - and sometimes, at the most unintentionally comic level, the way in which he would make it perfectly clear to you that someone or other's book wasn't really worth bothering with: 'Of course, it's a monument of careful work by a first class scholar, with all kinds of suggestive aspects, and I so wish I could persuade myself that it was true'...
And that takes us back to what happened in those long and apparently quiet years in Clare, in the Margaret Chair, in wonderfully active retirement in Ridley once again. What happened was Christ. Everything Charlie wrote about the New Testament began from the uncompromising and unqualified insistence that we could understand nothing about the text unless we understood that it was rooted in contact with Jesus; not memory or inspiration but contact. Paul, he writes, 'speaks of Christian life as lived in an area which is Christ' (Origin of Christology, 95): what the Spirit does (and he was always cautious about any theology that threatened to define the Spirit in abstraction from Christ) is to 'make manifold' the reality of Christ (104), so that Christ is both the territory Christians inhabit and the one who inhabits it in and with us, still personal yet never just individual, realising his infinite self in the finite soul and body, in the shared life of believers, 'growing' himself, you could say, towards the infinite and so never surpassed scope of his eternal relation with the Father.

And there's more!

Posted by Dan Reid at February 15, 2008 9:12 AM Bookmark and Share

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