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.

A Quote. Of Limitation. Of Self-Knowing.

. . . iste alius modus, quo corporibus adhærent spiritus et animalia fiunt, omnino mirus est nec conprehendi ab homine potest, et hoc ipse homo est.

This other mode by which spirits cleave to bodies and make living things is entirely wonderful yet cannot be comprehended by man—and this is man himself.

—Augustine, Civitate Dei XXI.10

Wishes. Of Experts.

The thought of a practitioner who must deal with “experts” who impose their “expertise” for a profit:

If only my struggle were against ivory tower intellectuals! But it is not. You have mastered neither ideas nor things!

If only I could accuse you of giving impracticable advice or of starting from false premises! But I cannot. Your theory and art are incomprehensible drivel, too unclear to admit of either falsehood or truth.

If only you were saying something against which I could weigh my experience! But you are not. Your speeches are full of saying nothing, and what you say in one moment you unsay in the next.

If only you had a thought that could not be purchased (I would find you the most valuable men and women in the world)! But you do not. You have only what you sell, untenderable and useless riches that I am forced to buy.