The inner reality of love can be recognized only by love.
Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.
The Passion narratives are the first pieces of the Gospels that were composed as a unity.
Thus it is necessary to commence from an inescapable duality: the finite is not the infinite.
We no longer dare to believe in beauty and we make of it a mere appearance in order the more easily to dispose of it.
Without a doubt, at the center of the New Testament there stands the Cross, which receives its interpretation from the Resurrection.
But the issue is not only life and death but our existence before God and our being judged by him. All of us were sinners before him and worthy of condemnation.
The work with which we embark on this first volume of a series of theological studies is a work with which the philosophical person does not begin, but rather concludes.
If God wishes to reveal the love that he harbors for the world, this love has to be something that the world can recognize, in spite of, or in fact in, its being wholly other.
The first attempt at a response: there must have been a fall, a decline, and the road to salvation can only be the return of the sensible finite into the intelligible infinite.