God alone can understand foolishness

“Neither do I understand you; I can read neither your heart nor your face. When my wife and I do not understand our children, it is because there is not enough of them to be understood. God alone can understand foolishness.” “…Then,” I said, feeling naked and very worthless, “will you be so good asContinue reading “God alone can understand foolishness”

for it involves some perception of the worthiness of the truth

From Phantastes by George MacDonald<: Then first I knew the delight of being lowly; of saying to myself, “I am what I am, nothing more.” “I have failed,” I said, “I have lost myself—would it had been my shadow.” I looked round: the shadow was nowhere to be seen. Ere long, I learned that itContinue reading “for it involves some perception of the worthiness of the truth”

He questioned softly why I failed

Poem by Emily Dickinson. I died for beauty, but was scarce Adjusted in the tomb, When one who died for truth was lain In an adjoining room. He questioned softly why I failed? “For beauty,” I replied. “And I for truth, — the two are one; We brethren are,” he said. And so, as kinsmenContinue reading “He questioned softly why I failed”

the slow learner continued dancing

Poem by Scott Cairns (published in his collections Theology of Doubt and Compass of Affection): The Theology of Doubt I have come to believe this fickleness of belief is unavoidable. As, for these back lot trees, the annual loss of leaves and fruit is unavoidable. I remember hearing that soft-soap about faith being given onlyContinue reading “the slow learner continued dancing”

you must not ask for so much

I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch He said to me, “You must not ask for so much.” And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door She cried to me, “Hey, why not ask for more?” Lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On a Wire” (recorded 26 September 1968 in Nashville and includedContinue reading “you must not ask for so much”

to make the painful things possible

To teach is to create a space in which obedience to truth is practiced. …A learning space has three major characteristics, three essential dimensions: openness, boundaries, and an air of hospitality. …Openness is no more than the commonsense meaning of space. To create space is to remove the impediments to learning that we find aroundContinue reading “to make the painful things possible”

we are attracted to goodness first by its beauty

Two passages from C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness and Beauty: The great classic triumvirate of Truth, Beauty and Goodness is a particularly apt framework for engaging C. S. Lewis and philosophy. These magnificent ideals are not only at the heart of the classic philosophical enterprise, the tradition into which Lewis was initiated inContinue reading “we are attracted to goodness first by its beauty”

it will always trouble the waters

But before one of them spoke Morano flung to them from far off a little piece of his wisdom: for cast a truth into an occasion and it will always trouble the waters, usually stirring up contraditions, but always bringing something to the surface. From “The Fifth Chronicle: How He Rode in the Twilight andContinue reading “it will always trouble the waters”