Second Corinthians 3
Paul makes a number of important parallels and contrasts (from Peter Leithart’s Deep Comedy, 23-24):
- Old New
- Letter Spirit
- Tablet of Stone Tablet of human heart
- Kills Gives Life
- Ministry of condemnation ministry righteousness
- Glory Surpassing Glory
- Veil Veil Removed
- Minds hardened Minds softened
- Slavery Liberty
Keeping in mind the Adam-Christ parallel from Romans 5 and 2 Corinthians 5, Paul is saying that from Adam to Christ “death reigned,” but with Christ life was, if you will, “pumped into the world.” With the resurrection of Jesus eschatological life has entered the world. Throughout the prophets the promise of the Spirit was always connected with a new humanity.
The gospel entered the world telling a new story about history. For the pagan world, death was ultimate and tragic. The gospel “re-wired” the laws of death and nature
Weep, weep for all that is lost. Seven years ago I read Peter Leithart’s Deep Comedy. I was amazed at its effortless weaving of Shakespeare, Greek ontology, and Christian eschatology into one tapestry. It is easily his most important book–and that is what is tragic (no pun intended) about it. He has gotten himself into a lot of needless trouble with the FV, and while it is funny to watch the PCA try to deal with it, the damage is irreversibly done.
Fast-forward seven years. I’ve since read about as much on the historical, theological, and philosophical issues of Trinitarianism as I suppose any lay reader could. When I reread Leithart on this topic, it almost seemed like he neatly solved all of the problems created by our earlier borrowing from Hellenic categories. It is a post-Platonic subversion of Plato. I now think I can better appreciate more of his arguments. Some of these blog posts will focus on key philosophical issues that shed light on Trinitarian and ontological problems.
Sadly, this does not mean I recommend his other works (well, I reject all of his specifically theological works). His commentaries are fine and his expositions of literature are about as good as one can find anywhere.