Thursday, July 28, 2005
The Bible is an outdoor book
A great thought from Wendell Berry's essay "Christianity and the Survival of Creation":

"I don't think it is appreciated how much an outdoor book the Bible is. It is best read and understood outdoors, and the farther outdoors the better. Or that has been my experience of it. Passages that within walls seem improbable or incredible, outdoors seem merely natural. This is because outdoors we are confronted everywhere with wonders; we see that the miraculous is not extraordinary but the common mode of existence. It is our daily bread. Whoever really has considered the lilies of the field or the birds of the air and pondered the improbability of their existence in this warm world within the cold and empty stellar distances will hardly balk at the turning of water into wine - which was, after all, a very small miracle. We forget the greater and still continuing miracle by which water (with soil and sunlight) is turned into grapes."
posted by Mike Clawson at 10:49 AM | Permalink |


At 7/28/2005 07:06:00 PM, Blogger gerbmom

Yeah, modernity has really pretty much destoyed the mystery and miracle of all aspects of life hasn't it? There is no room for mystery and wonder and certainly no room for miracles and faith in a world of scientific reason......
How sad.


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