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Can the Body of Christ be Divided?

Posted by Remy on September 29, 2009

The answer is “no.”

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For Readers

Posted by Remy on September 24, 2009

A while back I decided that reading one book at a time is for sissies.

Bookmarks are for sissies too.

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On Reading Old Books : CS Lewis

Posted by Remy on September 16, 2009

This mistaken preference for the modern books and this shyness of the old ones is nowhere more rampant than in theology. Wherever you find a little study circle of Christian laity you can be almost certain that they are studying not St. Luke or St. Paul or St. Augustine or Thomas Aquinas or Hooker or Butler, but M. Berdyaev or M. Maritain or M. Niebuhr or Miss Sayers or even myself.

Now this seems to me topsy-turvy. Naturally, since I myself am a writer, I do not wish the ordinary reader to read no modern books. But if he must read only the new or only the old, I would advise him to read the old. And I would give him this advice precisely because he is an amateur and therefore much less protected than the expert against the dangers of an exclusive contemporary diet. A new book is still on its trial and the amateur is not in a position to judge it. It has to be tested against the great body of Christian thought down the ages, and all its hidden implications (often unsuspected by the author himself) have to be brought to light.

-CS Lewis, from the introduction to On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius

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Psalm 1

Posted by Remy on September 8, 2009

This is my own translation. I’m not a Hebrew scholar, so I rely on other translations and various online tools. My goal is a poetic translation. Comments appreciated.

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
nor in the way of sinners stand,
nor in the seat of mockers sit,
but the law of Yahweh is his delight
and in his law he meditates day and night.

He is as a tree planted by rillets of water,
his fruit he bears in his season,
his leaf does not wither,
and all he does matures.

The wicked are not so,
but are husks scattered by Wind.
Therefore the wicked do not rise in judgment,
neither are sinners in the congregations of the righteous,
for Yahweh knows the ways of the righteous,
and the ways of the wicked will be destroyed.

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I Once Spent a Year Attributing Every Quote to GK Chesterton

Posted by Remy on September 1, 2009

“Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road, but drawing life from them, as from a root. Even when we improve we never progress. For progress, the metaphor from the road, implies a man leaving his home behind him: but improvement means a man exalting the towers or extending the gardens of his home.”
-GK Chesterton

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