Friday, February 05, 2010

Friday's QOTD

"Why do people in church seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a packaged
tour of the Absolute? … Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we
blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The
churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up
a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw
hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers
should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews.
For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may
draw us to where we can never return.”
—Annie Dillard, Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters (New York: Harper & Row, 1982), pp. 40-41.


Meredith Gould said...

Magnificent and the absolutely perfect quote for me to read today. Thank you and bless you!

Christa said...

Don't dismay.. you'll find the following charming in light of the QOTD

"I think [Oliver] would surely have become a Catholic if he had lived long enough."
"Do you really think so? He, so Nordic, leave the monorail of sheer will for the old Roman road of tradition? I grant you this road is just as straight on the map, or much straighter: but it dips down and soars up so unconcernedly with the lay of the land, like a small boat over great seas; and while the middle way is regularly paved for the militant faithful, there are such broad grassy alleys on either side for the sheep and the goats, and so many an attractive halting-place, and habitable terminus. You might forget you were on a mission, and think life a free tour, or even a picnic.-- How Oliver hated picnics, with the messy food and waste paper and empty bottles and loud merriment and tussling and amorous episodes improvised on the grass! Yet, when necessary he put up with it all gallantly and silently. There was his duty to democracy. No: not a Catholic. His imagination wasn't lordly and firm enough to set up a second world over against this one, and positively believe in it."
-George Santayana, The Last Puritan

The Merry said...

Thank you! That was a great quote to start the day with :)

Joel said...

A very fitting quote for this Sunday's Isaiah text.

CMinor said...


When Dillard writes on theology, I always feel like I should hit the deck!