So I recently finished a new book by my favorite Anabaptist/Armenian, Bruxy Cavey. In it he explains the Gospel in 1 word, the Gospel in 3 words and the Gospel in 30 words. On page 59 while discussing the Gospel in 3 words he makes the following statement that I found important in light of the ontological argument and the concept of proper basic belief:
“At the core of our being, almost everyone holds a shared primary belief. For you and for me, the belief is axiomatic and foundational, a basic belief that we know we know. This idea resonates with all of us as somehow truly true, so that virtually no one would want to argue against it. To assert this proposition is to state what is obvious to our souls, to our deepest selves. And here it is: the highest good is love.
…There is no greater good.
...At the same time, the very concept of God is, by definition, the highest good imaginable. There is nothing more great or more good than what we call “God”…
God is the highest good conceived. Love is the highest good achieved. So here are three beautiful words that bring together to two most axiomatic beliefs ever to enter the human psyche: God is love.”
In 30 words, Bruxy explains that
I found the book to be a refreshing treatise on how an “all-loving God” revealed to us in the person of Jesus makes sense and provides a meaningful invitation to enter into the loving relationship for which God designed us and desires us to have.
Have a little hope on me, Roger
P.S. I also highly recommend Bruxy’s first book “The End of Religion”
P.S.S. If you haven’t read the book, can you guess how Bruxy explains:
a) The Gospel in 1 word?
b) The Gospel in 3 words?
Leave your answers in the comments, and I’ll be back in a few days to reveal the "correct" answers.