From: Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Søren Kierkegaard
From Twain’s autobiography in the winter of his life. A cold cold winter indeed.
Hosea: For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
Bruner: There is a devotion to God that hurts God because it hurts people.
Hosea 6:6 placed beside a quote from Bruner’s commentary on Matthew.
Devotion without acknowledging or loving what the source of our devotion loves is not really devotion at all.
Alvin Plantinga on his theist conceptions of truth, reality, and perspective
From “God, Freedom, and Evil”. I would like to hope. #TheEntireUniverseAPersonalCast
Bertrand Russell on his atheist conceptions of hope, freedom, and destiny.
From “A Free Man’s Worship”. Don’t know if I’d ever want to go there Russell. #FirmFoundationOfDespair
We are told that about two thousand years ago, in Roman times, two rabbis, Rabbi Ishmael and Rabbi Akiba, were walking by the way when they met a sick man. Nearby they saw a farmer plowing his field, and Rabbi Ishmael called out to the farmer and asked him to go quickly to the nearest town and summons a physician.
And the farmer said, “Oh, rabbi of little faith, it is God’s will that this man has become ill. If God wants him to die, he will die. If God wants him to live, he will live.”
The rabbi was angered, and he said to the farmer, “What do you have in your hand?”
"A plow of course," answered the farmer.
And the Rabbai said, “Why do you interfere with the earth that God has created, O farmer of little faith? If God wants your crops to grow, they will grow. If God does not want your crops to grow, they will not grow. But what do you do? You plow, and you sow, and you water, and you weed, and you work. You enter into partnership with God in the work of creation. And so it is,” the rabbi conclude, “with the physician who is partner with God in the work of healing. Now go and summon a doctor.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Ozymandias
Nothing lasts forever.