Wednesday, September 29, 2010

On Ens Causa Deus

quid enim est, nisi quia tu es? ergo dixisti et facta sunt atque in uerbo tuo fecisti ea.
- S. Aureli Augustini, Confessiones XI, 5.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On Incarnational Missions And Twitter

"There’s no other way for the great commission to be done than for a group of people to learn a new language, cross cultures, incarnate the gospel, plant the church. There’s no other way. It won’t be done with twitter."

- John Piper

Monday, September 27, 2010

On The World Of Man, The Kingdom Of God And Value Theory

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

- Matthew 16:26

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

On Friendship

‎"Better is open rebuke than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy."

- Proverbs 27:5-6

Friday, September 17, 2010

On The Necessity Of Metaphysics

In other words, it is quite possible that actual existence may be an active force and an efficient cause of observable effects in those things of which we say that they are. If such were the case, all philosophies based upon an existenceless notion of being would be courting disaster, and eventually meet it. It would not take more than two or three disastrous experiments of that kind to convince philosophers that it does not pay to posit being as the first principle of metaphysical knowledge. Hence their repeated attempts to replace it by any one of its many possible surrogates, at the risk of multiplying philosophical failures, so to speak, ad infinitum.
- Étienne Gilson, Being and Some Philosophers. 2nd Ed. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 1952.

On Sin And Grace

"Who O Lord could save themselves -their own soul could heal? Our shame was deeper than the sea, Your grace is deeper still..."

Thursday, September 16, 2010

On Perseverance

"great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me"

Sunday, September 5, 2010

On Purpose

"Yes, get married, make babies. You look so old."

- Gus, from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 2002.

Friday, September 3, 2010

On Aesthetics, Music And God

On the page, it looked... nothing. The beginning was simple, almost comic, just a pulse: bassoons, basset horns like a rusty squeezebox. And then, suddenly, high above it, an oboe. A single note, hanging there unwavering, until a clarinet took it over -sweetened it into a phrase of such delight. This was no composition by a performing monkey. This was a music I had never heard -filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing. It seemed to me that I was hearing the voice of God.

- Salieri, Amadeus, 1984.