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 as […]

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 it […]

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 only […]

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 around […]

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 in […]