“God created humans in the beginning to be his vice rulers over the world.
That is part, at least, of what it meant that humans were made “in God’s image.” The “image” is like an angled mirror, reflecting God’s wise and caring love into the world, bringing order and fruitfulness to the garden where the humans were placed. That project was, of course, tragically twisted with human arrogance and sin. But it has never been rescinded. . . .
When humans take up their divinely appointed role, looking after God’s world on his behalf, this is not a Promethean attempt to usurp God’s role. It is the humble, obedient carrying out of the role that has been assigned. The real arrogance would be to refuse the vocation, imagining that we knew better than God the purpose for which we have been put here.” – N. T. Wright, The Case for the Psalms
Bruegel the Elder, Pieter. The (Great) Tower of Babel. Austria, Vienna. Kunsthistorisches Museum, 1563. Oil on panel.
Our prevailing modern Western worldview is no more “modern” than the worldview of the first Christians. All that has happened is that many leading scientists in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, who were attracted to Epicureanism for quite other reasons (not least social, cultural, and political), have interpreted their perfectly proper scientific observations (for instance, concerning the origin and development of different species of plants and animals) within an Epicurean framework. It has then been assumed that “science“ actually supports this view of a detached “God“ and a world simply doing its own thing. But this is profoundly mistaken. – N. T. Wright, The Case for the Psalms
Raphael. Epicurus. The School of Athens. 1511. Fresco.
Це лише бог у кожного свій. Демони ж у всіх нас спільні.
It’s just god that each has his own. But demons in all of us are shared.
Іздрик, Юрій. Флешка-2GB.
Izdryk, Yurii. Флешка-2GB. Translator Vasyl Matsyuk.
Vityk, Max. Night Dream. 2009. Acrylic and colour pencil on canvas.
Long, long ago the Truth was found,
A company of men it bound.
Grasp firmly then—that ancient Truth!
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Tischbein, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm. Goethe in the Roman Campagna. 1787. Oil on canvas.
History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes. – Mark Twain
Samuel Langhorne Clements (1835-1910), better known as Mark Twain, began his career as a typesetter, a newspaperman, and a Mississippi riverboat pilot. Eventually the author of roughly fifty books and essays, his Adventures of Huckleberry Finn still contends for the elusive title of the Great American Novel. – Lapham, Lewis H., editor. Lapham’s Quarterly. Volume 1.1.
He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living hand to mouth. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Pereda, Antonio de. Allegory of Vanity. Kunsthistorisches Museum, 1636.
I now make an open account and confession of my sins; if my reader is one whom you have called, who has followed your voice and avoided the same sins, let them not laugh at me as they read my account. I have been healed by the same Physician whose care has kept them from falling ill at all, or at least not so severely. Let them see that it is through you, who have saved me from the sickness of my sins, that they too do not suffer to the same degree from the sickness of their own. – Augustine of Hippo, Confessions
Augustine of Hippo (354-430), a Roman magistrate transformed into a bishop of the early Church, formulated his notion of Christian morality as a response to his having been sorely tempted by a peach. – Lapham, Lewis H., editor. Lapham’s Quarterly. Volume 1.1.
Carpaccio, Vittore. Vision of St Augustin. Venice. Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, 1502. Tempera on canvas.