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August 12th, 2010


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12:09 pm - Quote of the Day
The opposite of sin can only be faith, and never virtue.
--H.A. Williams, theologian, quoted by Madeleine L'Engle in Walking on Water
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From:ladymercury_10
Date:August 12th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
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I love Madeleine L'Engle! Have you read Walking on Water? Is it good?
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From:izhilzha
Date:August 12th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I own Walking on Water. :) I would recommend it to any Christian who likes to think about their faith in action, and say that it's a necessity for any creative Christian! It might even have appeal to artists who are not Christian, depending.

It's very good.
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From:ladymercury_10
Date:August 12th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the recommendation! I've added it to my library hold queue. I've always enjoyed Madeleine L'Engle's fiction and more muse-y writing, although I think her theology is rather less orthodox than what I'm used to.
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From:izhilzha
Date:August 12th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
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her theology is rather less orthodox than what I'm used to.

I would...disagree with that, unless you're from a Baptist fundamentalist background, maybe. It isn't that she's less orthodox, just that she's far more honest about her experience of the God behind the theology and what the theology looks like in daily life than many Christians are comfortable with. Which, I think, is why she's been so helpful to so many, especially the artists. (My mom never knew that it was normal for some Christians to have periods of doubt until she read what L'Engle said about her nights of atheism--brief periods of bone-shaking doubt in God's very existence which nevertheless never sent her away from God at all.)
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From:ladymercury_10
Date:August 13th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
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No, not fundamentalist per se, although I was raised pretty conservative. I agree about the honesty--she seems to be very thoughtful and very real about her experience of God. I think she's said some things along the lines of not necessarily taking parts of the Bible literally--I may be remembering this wrong, but it was things along this line that I meant by unorthodox.
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From:izhilzha
Date:August 15th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
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Well, to be fair, there *are* parts of the Bible which were not *written* to be taken literally. *g* A lot of the stuff in the psalms, for instance, is poetry with recognizable poetic/exaggerated forms; so are part of the prophets and books like Daniel and Revelation, a lot of metaphors and truth hidden in figurative language.

...sorry, English major. :) I tend to wish a lot of the time that people would read the Bible with more education and insight, like knowing which "genre" each different book is.
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From:ladymercury_10
Date:August 21st, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
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Haha, no worries, I'm an English major as well. :)

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