The Christian religion is identical with Jesus Christ;
if there is no accessible Christ, there is no Christianity.
It is the Church's being to trust in Christ;
it is her vocation to bear witness to Christ;
if the shadow of uncertainty falls upon Christ,
her testimony is paralysed,
the breath of her life is withdrawn.
(James Denney, British Weekly, Nov 6, 1902)
As always, Denney saw to, and got to, the heart of things. And for him the heart of things is Christ, and Christ crucified and risen. Decided I need to read some of Denney again, this time not as research, but for the theological joy of it. Good phrase that - theological joy! Reminds me of a book by Edward Schillebeecx, I Am a Happy Theologian. I think it was Steve Holmes who pointed out the aptness of that title for any theologian serious about a vocation in theological reflection and thought. Just do it for the joy of it!