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Tuesday, 17 May 2016



“The God who is love reorders our loves, bending our deepest desires back toward himself, so that we might rightly love our neighbors for his sake,” Smith writes in the book’s benediction. “The Spirit rehabituates our loves not merely for the sake of renovation but so that we can love even our enemies. This is what we were made for: to love what God loves.”

~ James K A Smith, from "You Are What You Love" (pub. 2016)

"At the highest level, our lives are directed toward some telos, or vision of the good life. Whether we are aware of it or not, we’re all oriented around some set of goals. As David Foster Wallace put it in his Kenyon commencement address, “In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshiping. Everybody worships.” Some worship money, or power or popularity or nursing or art, but everybody’s life is organized around some longing. The heart is both a driving engine and a compass."

~ David Brooks, NY Times, "Putting Grit in It's Place"


David Brooks as an "authority" on religion, or anything at all for that matter. - oh puleez!
In his book Thinking the Twentieth Century the very wise Tony Judt described Brooks as an ignorant bozo.

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