A Brick in the Valley

Plantinga on Peace / Shalom
December 30, 2007, 7:30 pm
Filed under: Quotes

We are reminded at this time of the year that Christ is the “Prince of Peace.”  The biblical concept of peace (shalom) is far richer than our everyday connotations of the word “peace.”

Plantinga writes,

“The webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight is what the Hebrew prophets called shalom.  We call it peace, but it means far more than mere peace of mind or a cease-fire between enemies.  In the Bible, shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness and delight – – a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and s the creatures in whom he delights.  Shalom, in other words, is the way things out to be.”  Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995), 10, emphasis his.




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