I've had it sitting on my shelf for nearly four months and finally decided to pick it up: How (Not) to Speak of God by Peter Rollins.

I'm easing my way in to the book – my own thoughts and comments pending – but in the meantime here are a handful of quotes and quips from the first few pages of Part 1:

In faith God is experienced as the absolute subject who grasps us, while in theology we set about reflecting upon this subject. (1)

In faith we are held, in theology we hold. (2)

…there can be no experience of faith divorced from an interpretation of it. (2)

The argument is made that naming God is never really naming God but only naming our understanding of God. ??To take our ideas of the divine and hold them as if they correspond to the reality of God is thus to construct a conceptual idol built from the materials of our mind. (2)

The reversal from 'right belief' to 'believing the right way' is in no way a move to some binary opposite of the first (for the opposite of right belief is simply wrong belief); rather, it is a way transcending the binary altogether. (3)

…orthodoxy is no longer (mis)understood as the opposite of heresy but rather is understood as a term that signals a way of being in the world rather than a means of believing things about the world. (3)

To love is to know God precisely because God is love. (3)

…if faith does not cost us everything, it is nothing.

But orthodoxy, as??believing??in the right way, as bringing love to the world around us and within us…that will cost us everything. (3)

While they're all amazing, my favorite quote is the "God is love" quote from page three. ??What's yours?