An incomprehensible God

‘Fear of God’… never means to the Jews that they ought to be afraid of God, but that, trembling, they ought to be aware of His incomprehensibility… It is the dark gate through which man must pass if he is to enter into the love of God. He who wishes to avoid passing through this…

Luther

Jesus Christ is the only beginning and end of all my divine cogitations, day and night, yet I find and freely confess that I have attained but only a small and weak beginning of the height, depth, and breadth of this immeasurable, incomprehensible, and endless wisdom, and have scarce got and brought to light a…

Bernanos

“No, I have not lost my faith. The expression ‘to lose one’s faith,’ as one might a purse or a ring of keys, has always seemed to me rather foolish. It must be one of those sayings of bourgeois piety, a legacy of those wretched priests of the eighteenth century who talked so much. Faith…

Robert Farrar Capon

Why do we marry, why take friends and lovers? Why give ourselves to music, painting, chemistry or cooking? Out of simple delight in the resident goodness of creation, of course; but out of more than that, too. Half earth’s gorgeousness lies hidden in the glimpsed city it longs to become. –Robert Farrar Capon, The Supper of…

Badiou

…the Resurrection…is not, in Paul’s own eyes, of the order of fact, falsifiable or demonstrable. It is pure event, opening of an epoch, transformation of the relations between the possible and the impossible. –Alain Badiou, Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism

Van Gogh

Christ alone–of all the philosophers, Magi, etc.–has affirmed, as a principal certainty, eternal life, the infinity of time, the nothingness of death, the necessity and the raison d’être of serenity and devotion. He lived serenely, as a greater artist than all other artists, despising marble and clay as well as colour, working in living flesh….

Karl Barth

In Jesus Christ there is no isolation of man from God or of God from man. Rather, in Him we encounter the history, the dialogue, in which God and man meet together and are together, the reality of the covenant mutually contracted, preserved, and fulfilled by them. Jesus Christ is in His one Person, as…