Saturday, November 08, 2008

Learning from the Past

I am more and more loving whatever is old, more specifically, centuries old.

In following Jesus, I'd rather hear accumulated wisdom rather than novelty.

Augustine, Bishop of Hippo in Northern Africa in the 4th Century is such a person for me. He is probably the most influential theologian in the history of the church--we are still feeling the effects of his thoughts--good and bad (for instance, his views on sexuality were extremely mixed-up and the church is just now getting over them).

Some of his well-know one liners:
  • You have made us for Yourself and our hearts are restless till they rest in You.
  • Love the Sinner, hate the sin.
  • Heart speaks to heart.
  • To sing once is to pray twice.
  • An unjust law is no law at all.
  • Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are. (Maybe that inspired Obama?)
And one of my favorite longer quotes about how Jesus captured his heart and imagination:
Late have I loved you, O beauty so ancient
and so new. Late have I loved you! You
were within me while I have gone outside
to seek you. Unlovely myself, I rushed towards
all those lovely things you had made. And
always you were with me, and I was not with

All these beauties have kept me far from
you--although they would not have existed
at all unless they had their being in you.

You called,
you cried,
you shattered my darkness.
You sparkled,
you blazed,
you drove away my blindness.


urntjerry said...

I knew you were an old soul. And I like that about you. Good thoughts.

urntjerry said...

But isn't what's old new once?

I just blew your mind.

Brian Miller said...

"Unlovely myself, I rushed towards all those lovely things you had made. And always you were with me, and I was not with you."


Brad said...

Hey Scott,

I'm glad I found your blog. I will have to link you on my blog ( Now I have two religious friends! I'm trying to find a postmodern style church in Cleveland, but no luck yet. Honestly, I get more on a Sunday by reading blogs than by attending a service somewhere. In any case, it's good to see you online!

Brad Steckelberg :-)

Scott said...

Jerry - my old soulness comes from being around muse who blows my mind.

Brian - I know. Augustine is searingly insightful.

Brad - Glad we found each other again online after all these years! I don't know any postmodern style churches in Cleveland or I'd recommend one.