Cornelius Plantinga QuotesCornelius "Neal" Plantinga Jr. is an American theologian.
To be a responsible person is to find one’s role in the building of shalom, the re-webbing of God, humanity and all creation in justice, harmony, fulfillment and delight. To be a responsible person is to find one’s own role and then, funded by the grace of God, to fill this role and to delight in it.
In the Bible, shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness, and delight–a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things ought to be.