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(Anachronistic) Dispatches from the Kingdom of Makuria.
17th of February, 2012

Regarding the Title of the Blog

This blog is about implications. When you realise that a certain thing is true, what then?
The title of the blog, What, then, Shall We Say? is a phrase that occurs in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. Romans 8:31:

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
τι ουν ερουμεν προς ταυτα ει ο θεος υπερ ημων τις καθ ημων
It occurs in a number of forms in Romans, and I think that it is a pretty good thing that Paul punctuates this letter with a need to reflect on the implications of what has been laid down prior in the letter. So, for example, Romans 8 came at the tail end of a large discussion about the fact that believers are not under the Law, but under Grace, and that, since “without the Law sin lay dead”, there was “therefore now no condemnation” for believers. Then what? Having said all these things, what shall we conclude? “If God is for us, who can be against us?” But more-important, I think, is what he says two verses down, in Romans 8:33:
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
That is what we shall say about all these things.
This should not be taken to mean that this blog is for talking about that particular theme. Rather, it is for the realisation of the implications of certain facts and truths, and it is about discussing what those realisations entail.