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Incapable of doubt, incapable of faithThe majority of mankind is lazy-minded, incurious, absorbed in vanities, and tepid in emotion, and is therefore incapable of either much doubt or much faith. -- T.S. Eliot, Introduction (1931), Pascal's "Pensees"
Wittgenstein on Kierkegaard
"Kierkegaard was by far the most profound thinker of the[nineteenth] century. Kierkegaard was a saint." - Ludwig Wittgenstein, to his friend Maurice Drury.
Read Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard: Religion, Individuality, and Philosophical Method by Charles L. Creegan free online.
Problem or Mystery?A problem is something which I meet, which I find completely before me, but which I can therefore lay siege to and reduce. But a mystery is something in which I am myself involved, and it can therefore only be thought of as a sphere where the distinction between what is in me and what is before me loses its meaning and initial validity. -- Gabriel Marcel
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- hemidemisemiquaver: Dictionary.com Word of the Day July 23, 2014hemidemisemiquaver: a sixty-fourth note.
- hemidemisemiquaver: Dictionary.com Word of the Day July 23, 2014
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- Beyond the Façade February 23, 2014Vladimir Putin's Fragile Empire Fragile Empire Ben Judah Yale University Press, 400 pages $30.00 As the Olympic festivities wind down in Sochi, western attention on Russia has been at levels unseen since the Cold War. As the most expensive Olympic games yet (the most recent estimate is $ 50-51 billion by the Washington Post), President Putin has in […]
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Liturgy For The PeopleThe liturgy is essentially not the religion of the cultured, but the religion of the people. If the people are rightly instructed, and the liturgy is properly carried out, they display a simple and profound understanding of it. For the people do not analyze concepts, but contemplate. The people possess that inner integrity of being which corresponds perfectly with the symbolism of the liturgical language, imagery, action and ornaments. The cultured man has first of all to accustom himself to this attitude; but to the people it has always been inconceivable that religion should express itself by abstract ideas and logical developments, and not by being and action, by imagery and ritual. --Romano Guardini, "The Awakening of the Church in the Soul"
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We visited the Matthias Church, on the Buda side of Budapest, on Jan. 4. Click a photo to begin a slideshow:
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We visited Bratislava, Slovakia, on Jan. 3. Click an image to start a slide show.
About a year ago, in London, in the park beside Parliament.
Found on Coastal Carolina University’s campus.
We went to an Evensong last night in the quire, and a communion service this morning in a side chapel with only three of us, another person, the priest, and her assistant!
After taking too many photos on Tuesday, we woke up this morning to a new blanket of snow. Here are a few photos:
Today we went to the 9:30 a.m. service at All Souls Church, Langham Place here in London. John Stott is Rector Emeritus at this church, which is the last standing church built by noted architect John Nash (1752-1835).
The worship service was a “contemporary” style, accompanied by trumpet, cello, guitar, drums, and piano. Roger Salisbury gave an excellent sermon, essentially on Matthew 1:18-25, that reminded us of our need for a Savior.
Here’s a look at the inside; I made some other notes in the captions below:
I first saw the exterior of this church last summer. Click here to see how it looks on the outside.
Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo and captain Antonio Lopez lift the European Super Cup soccer trophy at the Almudena Cathedral during the celebrations of their victory against Inter Milan in the European Super Cup soccer final, in central Madrid August 31, 2010. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN – Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
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Remember the feeling you had after you first saw The Matrix? I finally saw Inception. Wow.
Scenes from Christopher Nolan’s Inception movie. (Photo ITAR-TASS/ Karo premiere film company) Photo via Newscom Content © 2010 Newscom All rights reserved.
I stumbled upon this church today, roughly three blocks off Oxford Circus in London, while Kristi and the girls were scooping up all kinds of clothing inside John Lewis and M&S. Check out the plaques below.