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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

Re-Reading Revelation

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

NPH is re-reading Something he had to read in seminary. Actually, we only had to read a chapter of it, so we're now trying to read the whole thing. We're finding ourselves highlighting liberally, reading entire sections out loud and over again, and generally having a grand time.

The book was originally published in 1941. So NPH wants to know how certain sentiments from the work which we find ourselves gleefully agreeing with stand up to the critique of the nuanced postmodern perspective of those with the commitment to intellectual improvement that it takes to read this blog regularly.

For starters, this:
Man (sic) as a practical, living being never exists without a god or gods; some things there are to which he must cling as the souces and goals of his activity, the centers of value. As a rule men are polytheists, referring now to this and now to that valued being as the source of life's meaning. Sometimes they live for Jesus' God, sometimes for country and sometimes for Yale. For the most part they make gods out of themselves or out of the work of their own hands, living for their own glory as persons and as communities. In any case the faith that life is worth living and the definite reference of life's meaning to specific beings or values is as inescapable a part of human existence as the activity of reason.
Begin.

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