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February 17th, 2009

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10:58 pm - 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.

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Date:February 18th, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
That is a FANTASTIC quote.
Date:February 18th, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)
Great quote. It's absolutely fatal to try and disconnect theology from what you actually do, either in prayer, inner life or external action. Unfortunately it's very easy to do it without really noticing (or wanting to notice!)
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Date:February 18th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
MacDonald was a wise man, trying to live Christ's love during a really tough era of the church. Cause, yeah, it's too easy to do this, and it's bad when you do.
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Date:February 18th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
the more perfect a theory about the infinite, the surer it is to be wrong


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