Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hidden glory

"…one should be able to grasp that it is not a glory immediately revealed in cosmic or human history, but is rather one that appears before, alongside, within, and beyond that history, always present, yet also for now deferred, and so visible to us only “through a glass, darkly.” This glory is not simply the hidden rationality of history, but a contrary history that pervades and that will finally overwhelm the world of our fallenness. It is not the sublime or sacred logic of nature, but what shines through the promise of nature’s loveliness, a beauty of which nature as we know it is only a spectral remnant or a delightful foretaste."

David Bentley Hart, The Doors of the Sea


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