izhilzha (izhilzha) wrote,

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Quote of the Day

'I firmly believe people have hitherto been a great deal too much taken up about doctrine and far too little about practice. The word doctrine, as used in the Bible, means teaching of duty, not theory. I preached a sermon about this. We are far too anxious to be definite and to have finished, well-polished, sharp-edged systems - forgetting that the more perfect a theory about the infinite, the surer it is to be wrong, the more impossible it is to be right.'

--George MacDonald
From a letter to his father, quoted in George MacDonald and His Wife by Greville MacDonald


1) I have a great craving for definite theories, for understanding the universe (including God). So I understand the struggle between understanding and doing; both are necessary, but doing is something that's necessary even when understanding is elusive. That's what love is about.

2) This could also be a definition of faith. Not to the exclusion of reason, I don't think (MacDonald was hardly a thoughtless man himself!), but in the sense that faith requires occasionally walking blind. I'm not good at this, yet, or at least I don't think so, but with God's grace I am growing in it.
Tags: church, contemplative, godstuff, quotey

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