Friday, April 27, 2007

Streetwise: The Wonder of Mystery

"There is a sublimity to a mystery which does not simply repel reason but rather draws it further and further in; it tempts reason with an elusive, fascinating yet threatening richness of content, an unimaginable concentration of significance. It is not its lack of intelligibility but rather its very excess of intelligibility which makes such extraordinary demands upon human thought and language, indeed induces a kind of intellectual vertigo (often symbolized by the language of 'abyss')"

-Paul DeHart, The Trial of the Witnesses, p. 201

"'One difference between God's work and man's is, that while God's work cannot mean more than he meant, man's must mean more than he meant...A man may well himself discover truth in what he wrote; for he was dealing all the time with things that came from thoughts beyond his own.'"

-George MacDonald, quoted in Patrick Sherry, Spirit and Beauty, p. 123

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Blogger PdB said...

It looks like George MacDonald understands music, too.

Monday, April 30, 2007 3:42:00 AM  

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