Random Access Memories by Daft Punk -
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Available one week before the full release: awesome.
In particular, he [C.S. Lewis] was…so extraordinarily effective in presenting the Christian faith because he had the great imaginative gift of drawing analogies. Through analogies that illuminated the obscure, abstract, and mysterious, Lewis brought understanding to those who are either untrained for or incapable of reading theology in its traditional form. Through analogies Lewis made theology public. Through them he brought theology to the lay mind—at least to those laymen, by all signs a minority, willing to take it. —
David Mills, Writing What Your Readers will Hear, Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity.
This is very similar to the point I made while reviewing McGrath’s new biography of Lewis.
H/T to The Other Journal.
Lord, how great is our dilemma! In Thy Presence silence best becomes us, But love inflames our hearts and constrains us to speak.
Were we to hold our peace the stones would cry out; yet if we speak, what shall we say? Teach us to know that we cannot know, for the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Let Faith support us where reason fails, and we shall think because we believe, not in order that we may believe.
In Jesus’ name. Amen. — A. W. Tozer, the Knowledge of the Holy, page 6.
Colin Foote Burch: Achieving a synthesis of objectivity and subjectivity: A writing lesson from Kierkegaard -
“This central insight is nowhere more developed than in his pseudonymous works. Many of Kierkegaard’s most important books do not bear his name. On the Concept of Irony (1841) is written by Johannes Climacus; Fear and Trembling (1843) by Johannes de Silentio; Repetition (1843) by Constantin…
Fors Clavigera: Encountering Jesus, Encountering Scripture: "Part bombshell, part pastoral epistle" -
…what’s at stake here is existential, and not merely intellectual. It is simply - and yet terrifyingly - a matter of faith. This doesn’t make it anti-intellectual; rather, as Crump emphasizes, it is a matter of intellectual passion or what Kierkegaard calls “subjective” thinking. Such thinking is not characterized by the safe, cool distance of reflection but rather the existential heat of the encounter.
It’s now on my “to-read” list.
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Definitely want to see this.
The tendency in today’s culture is to want to be a ‘star.’ But I want to be a servant. — Jon Foreman (via thelegendof-switchfoot)
Tozer was an intellectual, but he parted company with the modern intelligentsia over the limits of reason. Since the Enlightenment, the dominant thinkers have elevated man and his reason to the loftiest of pinnacles. The logical extreme of Enlightenment thinking declared that truth can only be perceived through reason. And concomitantly there are no limits to where man can go through the pursuit of reason - especially if the methodology is “scientific.” Tozer granted that we can learn much from reason. But knowledge of God and the human spirit and the soul can be grasped only through the Holy Spirit. In short, some truth can be grasped rationally and naturally but much truth can only be discovered and understood supernaturally through God’s Spirit and what He chooses to reveal. Tozer Put a fine point on his theory of the validity of knowledge this way: “I am not anti-reason. I’m not against human reason. I am just telling you it’s a mighty limited tool to work with. [God] is above human reason and He is above human science. The application of reason to matter, natural law, that’s science and that’s all science is. — Lyle Dorsett, A Passion for God: The Spiritual Journey of A.W. Tozer, Pages 95-96.
Beauty is goodness made manifest to the senses. — Dallas Willard, a Man from Another ‘Time Zone’ | Christianity Today (via triadic)
Zachary Hamilton - Future Is Forgiveness -
From my review for Lifter Magazine:
Future Is Forgiveness: The Supernatural Remedy to Self & Social Destruction is a story from storyteller Zachary Hamilton about both the healing and the destructive power of stories. Hamilton published the Kindle digital book in March, recounting the stories of forgiveness he heard during his October, 2010 trip to Rwanda.
…this is primarily a book about the positive power of forgiveness to help a people come to grips with its past. As Hamilton writes, “Speaking of reconciliation in the abstract cannot evoke a might enough image to fully see its fantastic vision. We need the activity of reconciliation.” That activity is on full display in Future is Forgiveness.