To see the world, to see ourselves in the light of the resurrection, means that Christians cannot help but discover that our language is inadequate for the task. That is why poetry is so important for the work of theology. For the poet is in an ongoing struggle to find the words necessary to say what cannot be said.
I am informed by philologists that the rise to power of our words ‘problem’ and ‘solution’ as the dominating terms of public debate is an affair of the last two centuries, and especially of the nineteenth… like ‘happiness,’ our two terms ‘problem’ and ‘solution’ are not to be found in the Bible—a point which gives to that wonderful literature a singular charm and cogency….
(L.P. Jacks via Dorothy Sayers via Michael De Sapio) Jacks reportedly was a Unitarian minister, of all things (and yes, you can knock me over with a feather).
A great deal of misery, and very little joy, has been wrought upon the world by people pursuing their supposedly god-given right to be happy.
Right now, the best argument Republicans have is “we’re not Democrats,” and the best argument Democrats have is “we’re not Republicans.” Like two punch-drunk pugilists leaning on each other in the twelfth round, if one falls, the other may well fall too.
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“Liberal education is concerned with the souls of men, and therefore has little or no use for machines … [it] consists in learning to listen to still and small voices and therefore in becoming deaf to loudspeakers.” (Leo Strauss)
There is no epistemological Switzerland. (Via Mars Hill Audio Journal Volume 134)