Chapter 8: The Divine Name
Either in denying or in affirming when we say "God," we are in sublime embarrassment.There are three forms of this embarrassment: The embarrassment of tact, of doubt and of awe.
Chapter 9: God’s Pursuit of Man
If someone is arrested by God and made aware of the ambiguous character of his religiouslife, religion is not taken away from him. Since he has reached freedom
religion, he alsohas reached freedom
religion. He is blessed in it and he is blessed outside of it. He hasbeen opened to the ultimate dimension of being.
Chapter 10: Salvation
It is our estrangement and guilt which are the impediments which keep us from reachingeternal life here and now.
Chapter 11: The Eternal Now
The mystery is that we
a present; and even more, that we have
future also becausewe anticipate it in ‘the present; and that we have
past also, because we remember it in thepresent. In the present our future and our past are
Chapter 12: Do Not Be Conformed
Not conformity, but transformation -- The conformism that threatened Jesus most effectivelyand brought him to death was the religious conformism of his time. And the situation was andis not different in the church. Dare to be not conformed to this eon, but transform it
courageously first in yourselves, then in your world -- in the spirit and the power of love.
Chapter 13: Be Strong
One cannot be strong without love. For love is not an irrelevant emotion; it is the blood of life, the power of reunion of the separated. Strength without love leads to separation, to judgment, to control of the weak. Love reunites what is separated; it accepts what is judged; itparticipates in what is weak, as God participates in our weakness and gives us strength by Hisparticipation.
Chapter 14: In Thinking Be Mature
The decisive step to maturity is risking the break away from spiritual infancy with itsprotective traditions and guiding authorities. Without a "no" to authority, there is no maturity.This "no" need not be rebellious, arrogant, or destructive. As long as it is so, it indicatesimmaturity by this very attitude.
Chapter 15: On Wisdom
Wisdom is not a matter of intellectual power; rationality is not wisdom. It is wisdom to seewisdom in the mystery and the conflicts of life. It is insight into the meaning of one’s life, intoits conflicts and dangers, into its creative and destructive powers, and into the ground out of which it comes and to which it
must return. He who has encountered the mystery of life hasreached the source of wisdom.
Chapter 16: In Everything Give Thanks
Thanksgiving consecrates everything created by God. It transfers something that belongs tothe secular world into the sphere of the holy.