“While paradise here is certainly not lost, Hawaii has been the site of many trials throughout its history. Art has thrived because of the underlying toughness that exists on the island – a resilience that is rarely acknowledged. All this lushness is growing out of lava rock, after all.” – Pegge Hopper, “Honolulu: The Monocle Travel Guide Series.” 2016.
Hopper, Pegge. Okapaka.
“ἡ γὰρ ὕπανδρος γυνὴ τῷ ζῶντι ἀνδρὶ δέδεται νόμῳ· ἐὰν δὲ ἀποθάνῃ ὁ ἀνήρ, κατήργηται ἀπὸ τοῦ νόμου τοῦ ἀνδρός.” – Προσ Ρωμαιουσ 7:2 (Nestle-Aland 28)
“Thus a married woman is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband dies, she is discharged from the law concerning the husband.” – Romans 7:2 (NRSV)
“The Law was our husband, under whose yoke we were held until it became dead to us: After the death of the Law Christ took us to himself, that is, he freed us from the Law and took us to himself. Being, therefore, united to Christ who has been raised from the dead, we ought to cleave to him alone. And as the life of Christ is eternal after the resurrection, so hereafter we shall never be divorced from him.” – John Calvin
“There is nothing evil in the Law itself, but it reveals the extent of evil, as no person is able to meet its standard of perfection.” – Bruce Gordon, Calvin. Yale University Press.
Rembrandt. Moses Smashing the Tablets of the Law. 1659. Oil on canvas.
“ὃν προέθετο ὁ θεὸς ἱλαστήριον διὰ [τῆς] πίστεως ἐν τῷ αὐτοῦ αἵματι εἰς ἔνδειξιν τῆς δικαιοσύνης αὐτοῦ διὰ τὴν πάρεσιν τῶν προγεγονότων ἁμαρτημάτων.” – Προσ Ρωμαιουσ 3:25 (Nestle-Aland 28)
“Whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed.” – Romans 3:25 (NRSV)
“God does not hate in us his own workmanship, that is, the fact he has created us as living beings; but he hates our uncleanness, which has extinguished the light of his image. When the washing of Christ has removed this, he loves and embraces us as his own pure workmanship.” – John Calvin
Holbein the Younger, Hans. John Calvin. Portrait of a Man.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
– Emma Lazarus, 1883
Moran, Edward. Statue of Liberty unveiled. 1886.
“Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child.” – Cicero
“It isn’t with magic that men make their immortality. They do so with what they’ve learned on their travels across the frontiers of five millennia, salvaging from the ruins of families and the death of cities what they find to be useful or beautiful or true.” – Lapham, Lewis H., editor. Lapham’s Quarterly. Volume 1.1.
Maccari, Cesare. Cicero Denounces Catiline. Plazzo Madama, Rome. 1889. Fresco.
“The gods may love a man, but they can’t help him when cold death comes to lay him on his bier.” – Homer, The Odyssey
“In Greek mythology, for example, the Homeric gods cannot be conceived of apart from the world – they are ‘principalities and powers’ of the world (e.g., Poseidon is the power of the sea). If you take away the world, you take away the gods. In monotheistic thought, however, given creation out of nothing, when you take away the world, you still have God.” – Richard J. Plantinga, Thomas R. Thompson, and Matthew D. Lundberg, An Introduction to Christian Theology
Böcklin, Arnold. Odysseus and Polyphemus. Oil and tempera on panel. 1896.
“Now, Lord, since it is you who gives understanding to faith, grant me to understand as well as you think fit, that you exist as we believe, and that you are what we believe you to be. We believe that you are that thing than which nothing greater can be thought.” – Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion
Romanelli, Giovanni Francesco. The Meeting of the Countess Matilda and Anselm of Canterbury in the Presence of Pope Urban II. 1642. Oil on canvas.