Monthly Archives: May 2016

Intellectual Respectability

For close to three centuries, in all institutions of higher learning, it has not been intellectually respectable to deal with the [Gospel] text except as an object of demystification, and every time we mention it we must take the ritual … Continue reading

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Proof

Christianity has never produced proofs in the sense given to the word by gross men; its best and only proof is just that it offers none. Charles Péguy

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Truth & Authority: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XXIX

  Beatrice instructs Dante on the Gospel and how it has been preached to the world: They do not count what blood and agony planted it in the world, nor Heaven’s pleasure in those who search it in humility. Paradiso … Continue reading

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True Goods

“Enthusiasm is a foul mockery of pure zeal. True goods are peacefully desired, sought without eagerness, possessed without elation, and postponed without regret.” Coventry Patmore

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Love’s Fire: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XXVIII

What’s bugging you?

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Beatrice & the Price of Truth: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XXVIII

When she whose powers imparadise my mind had so denounced and laid bare the whole truth of the present state of miserable mankind…. Dante pays the price for poetic truth.

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Adam & Language: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XXVI

Dante learns from Adam that there is no first true language that having recovered one could communicate without the need for interpretation. There were human problems before the Tower of Babel. Language is the bearer of consciousness and will need, … Continue reading

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Winners & Losers…

“There is a secret gnawing certainty that tells us that in success there is always a residue of impurity, in victory always a residue of coarseness … that there is and can be complete purity only in misfortune, and that … Continue reading

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Adam & the Tree: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XXVI

The first human, Adam, tells Dante that the tree in the Garden of Eden from which he and Eve ate was not a bad tree. It was good, as all creation is. The Fall resulted from violating God’s decree to … Continue reading

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