Harris is blaming conservatives for doing simply what the space/time continuum...– Douglas Wilson, blogging through the latest Sam Harris book. (via sds)
Individual growth toward love and wisdom is slow. A community’s growth is even...– Jean Vanier, Community and Growth (1979)
One important way we know that we’re living life in common is that we laugh at...– Aaron Belz, On Satire | Comment Magazine | Cardus
What fun is it being cool if you can’t wear a sombrero!– Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes (Twitter) Lots of wisdom packed in this. So often our “growth” artificially limits us, forcing us to discard good things we once knew. Reminded of it by watching the 5yo play with the toddler this AM.
Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. You...– Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
I have no desire to change the opinion of man or woman. Let everyone for me hold...– George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Justice”, in Unspoken Sermons (via veareflejos)
To love is to stop comparing.– Bernard Grasset (sig of @funguyom)
In refusing the mimetic interpretation, in looking for the failure of Peter in...– Rene Girard, I See Satan Fall Like Lightning (via hulga-joy)
It is impossible for the divine ray to lighten us unless it is shaded by a...– Dionysios (CCEL via @millinerd)
Now that there’s a mobile reading device with a print-grade color display,...– Review: New iPad revolutionary in its subtlety of change - Andy Ihnatko Timeless is timeless. Now to justify getting one.
The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction (New... →
via psychotherapy: … The way the brain handles metaphors has also received extensive study; some scientists have contended that figures of speech like “a rough day” are so familiar that they are treated simply as words and no more. Last month, however, a team of researchers from Emory University reported in Brain & Language that when subjects in their laboratory read a metaphor...
Since we nowadays think that all a man needs for acquisition of truth is to...– Josef Pieper (via settledthingsstrange)
There is no strictly secular language that can translate religious awe, and the...– Marilynne Robinson: Guernica / A Common Faith
For we ought not to refuse to learn letters because they say that Mercury...– Augustine, On Christian Doctrine: Book II I’ve heard “all truth is God’s truth” for years now, but hadn’t tracked down the source until now. (h/t poeticfaith)
Christ has promised that we would have life “more abundant.” By this is not...– Worship at His Footstool « Glory to God for All Things
At the beginning of a new notebook I copy a quote from Simone Weil, which...– Anna Kamienska, from her Notebooks (via settledthingsstrange) Interesting. Not sure I fully agree, but strikes me as healthier than many approaches.
For Girard, Nietzsche is very important as a great philosopher who saw quite...– from James G. Williams’ foreword to Rene Girard’s I See Satan Fall Like Lightning (via hulga-joy)
Man can live without science, he can live without bread, but without beauty he...– Dostoyevsky (via settledthingsstrange)
In all that awakens within us the pure and authentic sentiment of beauty, there,...– Simone Weil, quoted in Benedict XVI’s address to artists (via settledthingsstrange)
In short, it is much easier to see a thing through from the point of view of...– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “After Ten Years,” Letters & Papers from Prison
The stranger’s eyes are wide open, but he does not see anything.– Supyiré proverb, quoted in “The stranger’s eyes”
Those who have no absolute values cannot let the relative remain merely...– Flannery O’Connor (via dailyflanneryoc)
As ‘After-birth Abortion’ spread around the world and gained wide publicity —...– Andrew Ferguson. I think Ferguson might make even more of this than he does. The editors are saying, quite straightforwardly, We do not expect or want the people who could be affected by our recommendations to see those recommendations, or how we arrive at them. This is the classic behavior of what...
I put up with this church, in the hope that one day it will become better, just...– Erasmus (h/t: GR)
But I think it was in fact peculiarly Western to feel no tie of particularity to...– When I Was a Child I Read Books : Marilynne Robinson
The man who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world. He knows...– G.K Chesterton (via katamariroller)
• More action, more details, less rumination. Don’t be afraid of implicitness....– More at How to Write a ‘Lives’ Essay Interesting when paired with the writing advice from Annie Dillard that’s going around.
Francesca Murphy gives a rigorous defence of analogy through the thought of...– Steve Wright - “The Bloom of Time” (via poeticfaith)
Remember, O my soul, It is thy duty and privilege to rejoice in God: He...– A Colloquy on Rejoicing, The Valley of Vision (via alwayshis)
Even the striving for great things is something great.– Longinus (h/t JJ)
Verily there is One, I repeat, who bringeth light out of darkness, good out of...– George MacDonald, Guild Court (via georgemacdonald)