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The Strange Triumph of the Lamb

Heschel“One of the greatest sins of contemporary education is to give the impression that you can solve all problems, or that there are no problems.  Actually, the greatness of man is that he faces problems.  I would judge a person by how many deep problems he’s concerned with.

But is that not the quest of religion, though, to give one a sense of inner peace?

You have to understand the meaning of inner peace.  Let me give you first an example of a person who has no problems.  Let me give you a dramatic, fictitious picture.  Here stands a man–and I’ll tell you this is a man who has no problems.  Do you know why?  He’s an idiot.

Because a man has problems.  And the more complicated, the richer he is, the deeper are his problems.  This is our distinction, to have problems, to face problems.  Life is a challenge…

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creed“In the end, nothing matters except that the life of the imagination, like all other life, must serve the purposes of God.  But the health and fidelity of the imagination are particularly important, because upon it so much else depends.  Our conduct is shaped by the condition of our vision: we are free to choose or to struggle against only what we can see.  Our vision, however, is determined by the most important images of the self from which we have fashioned our sense of identity.  These furnish us with our perspectives upon everything else; they finally legislate not only what we will and what we will not see, but the particular angle or point of view from which the whole of reality will be assessed.  How we see ourselves, then, determines how we will conduct ourselves in relation to others, to the world, and even to God–and all this is ultimately a matter of images.  If we cannot see ourselves as Christians, we shall scarcely be able to act except in ways that the fashions of this world legitimate.” (David Baily HarnedCreed and Personal Identity: The Meaning of the Apostles’ Creed, p. 120)

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