From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

kinnon —  August 1, 2006 — 2 Comments

Stolen from BHT’s mast head today:

We are in a war between dullness and astonishment…The most critical issue facing Christians is not abortion, pornography, the disintegration of the family, moral absolutes, MTV, drugs, racism, sexuality, or school prayer. The critical issue today is dullness. We have lost our astonishment. The Good News is no longer good news, it is okay news. Christianity is no longer life changing, it is life enhancing. Jesus doesn’t change people into wild-eyed radicals anymore; He changes them into “nice people.” –Robert Farrar Capon, The Astonished Heart, pg. 120

Make a point of reading Capon’s The Father Who Lost Two Sons, linked above.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

  1. Father Capon has always had wry sense of humor. Thirty years ago I came across an essay about Jesus as Superman. It was hilarious. I’ll track it down, and post it later.

  2. Sounds about right to me. We’ve distilled God down into seven steps or a rote prayer or a formula for success. Where’s the mystery?

    I acknowledge there are some basic principles found within the Bible, but there is an infinite Truth behind those principles which escapes our comprehension. I think we fail too often in acknowledging the latter. Shocker.


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