I was recently reading an argument about whether or not Irenaeus of Lyon really wrote “The glory of God is a human being fully alive”.
The Latin is Gloria Dei est vivens homo! There was complaint that to add ‘fully alive’ is to buy into the Jungian- New Age paradigm of the idolatry of the developing self.
So sidestepping the threat of heresy for a moment, Irenaeus of Lyon writes that just to be alive, capable of joining the angels in praise, responding to the gift of new life Jesus won for us on the cross is stuff for the glorification of God who fathered us and breathed His life into us.
But to be alive also means staying alert to what is changing around us. Continue reading “Athanasius, Irenaeus, and the Church of England Bus.”