Lecture Twenty Three The Power of the Saints

Scope: Christianity has retained its original power and a radical—and sometimes subversive—edge in the saints, who have reminded Christianity of the priority of religious experience through the ages by rekindling in their lives the fervor of Christianity's beginnings. The term "saint" (= "holy one") was applied in the New Testament to all members of the community as a way of demarcating the boundary between the assembly of God and the world. With the passage of time, the term began to denote Christians of extraordinary charisma, virtue, wonderworking, or transformed life, who, in their respective circumstances, revealed the power of the Resurrection and the pattern of the humanity of Christ. One way of telling the story of Christianity is through the story of such charismatic figures, who have been the most convincing evidence of this religion's truth and the source of its renewal.

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