Projecting the Trinity onto the World

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  1. Is it not an exaggeration to claim that we have made a garbage dump of the world? We have not even done that to the whole earth, and it is only a small part of the whole world. Criticize what needs to be criticized, but keep it totally exact and truthful.


  2. jrj1701 says:

    Reblogged this on Struggling with faith>.< and commented:
    Oh how true.


  3. Don’t understand the connection.Will someone provide interpretive commentary please.


    • Fr Aidan Kimel says:

      Carl, for McCabe the crucifixion of God is what inevitably happen when God enfleshes himself in a fallen, violent world.


    • Carl, McCabe may be overstating this to make a point, but it almost seems the point is about ecology and not salvation–at least as it is cast in this context of, well, a rubbish heap. Before the foundations of Creation were we called, so this certainly argues against a focus on what (as sinful fallen human beings) we’ve done to exploit the world. Our sin is certainly a rubbish heap, but it was the white-washed tombs, the well-kept fascades, and the appearance of cleanliness, all of which covered the rubbish heap of the heart, that Our Lord cut to the marrow with his most aggressive attacks. If McCabe’s focus is the heart, I will salute his quote; if he’s referring to our abuse of creation, created things, and the world, (all true outcomes of course), then his focus is not the heart and that would not be defensible with Holy Scripture.


  4. Fr Aidan Kimel says:

    Perhaps this quotation from McCabe’s essay “The Involvement of God” in God Matters will provide the necessary context for understanding the image:

    The story of Jesus is nothing other than the triune life of God projected onto our history, or enacted sacramentally in our history, so that it becomes story.

    I use the word ‘projected’ in the sense that we project a film onto a screen. If it is a smooth silver screen you see the film simply in itself. If the screen is twisted in some way, you get a systematically distorted image of the film. Now imagine a film projected not on a screen but on a rubbish dump—it is the projection of the trinitarian life of God on the rubbish dump that we have made of the world. The historical mission of Jesus is nothing other than the eternal mission of the Son from the Father, the historical outpouring of the Son in virtue of the passion, death, and ascension of Jesus is nothing but the eternal outpouring of the Spirit from the Father through the Son. Watching, so to say, the story of Jesus, we are watching the processions of the Trinity. (p. 48)


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