Monday, September 6, 2010

A thinking reed

I've been a delinquent here for most of August. When the sun kisses you and the air glides like silk on your skin, theological analysis seems so unnecessary. But each season is fit to nurture a different bodily faculty - summers overwhelm all our senses with vibrancy; the cooler, wetter days are here to help us think and dream. 

"Man is only a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed. There is no need for the whole universe to take up arms to crush him; a vapour, a drop of water is enough to kill him. But even if the universe were to crush him, man would still be nobler than his slayer, because he knows that he is dying and the advantage the universe has over him. The universe knows none of this.Pensees (347) by Blaise Pascal

"Which is greater, which is it better to be: one tiny man about to die but knowing this fact and many others; or the blind, dumb eighteen-billion-light-year-long universe about to kill that man but not knowing this fact or any others?Christianity for Modern Pagans by Peter Kreeft

Below is the fairest article by an atheist that I've read in a long time; the reactions and comments it generated are interesting too.

Happy thinking!

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