What Is The Good News?

Since it’s a holy day of the Church… how about an unexpected blog post?! This past weekend I was privileged to be invited to speak at the Michigan State University Catholic Student Center’s fall retreat. I gave two talks, one of which was entitled, “What is the Good News?”

It was a great for sure, maybe more to come on Friday… For now, click here to watch the talk!


2 Comments on “What Is The Good News?

  1. This talk is interesting to me because it restates (in gentler terms) the thesis of a book that I just read, C. S. Lewis’s _Mere Christianity_. That is, the “good news” that Jesus has come “to make dead people alive” is another way of saying: “He came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life He has – by what I call ‘good infection.’ Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else” (Lewis, p. 177).

    Your talk is gentler in the sense that it does not dwell as Lewis does on the painful process that is entailed in being transformed from death to life (a process, of course, that people need not be Christian to relate to in figurative ways). As Lewis points out, repentance “is something much harder than merely eating humble pie. It means unlearning all the self-conceit and self-will that we have been training ourselves into for thousands of years. It means killing part of yourself, undergoing a kind of death” (p. 57).

    My question as an atheist: given that Christ was sinless, how can he really know in an experiential sense at least what it’s like as a human to admit to moral failure and to unlearn corresponding mindsets? In other words, what’s the good news for people who are not dead as such, but who must first suffer the process of killing their sinful part?

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