Judgments That Are Not Sentences. Of Christendom.

  • Wearing a wedding dress to a battlefield—the summary of American Christendom.
  • A new world with the same sins following.
  • “New soil! Any need of that old Vine?”
  • Christendom: trying new hats, headless. The Church: never apart from Christ, not for a moment.
  • Being penetrated versus comprehending. Truth versus the lie. Revelation versus Gnosticism. Humility versus hubris. Victory versus vanity. Rest versus “rage, rage.”
  • All things for Christ or some things for Christendom. Absolute conflict.

Four Related Thoughts. Of Comedy and Tragedy.

  1. The comic’s fruit has its season and nourishes for a time. It also ferments and spoils. The possibilities played out by the tragedian, however, are perennial and do not fade with age or circumstance.
  2. These two together, the comic and the tragedian, offer a celebration of life in each season and for all seasons, up to the threshold of death. But only a tragedian has the opportunity to suggest something beyond.
  3. True comedy teaches one to laugh at hubris so that it may be despised. Tragedy teaches one, laughing in this way with a kind of self-hatred, to endure with hope in an unseen self.
  4. One may think of the comedy as a play of καῖρος and the tragedy as a play of αἰών.