Flotsam & Jetsam (3/4)

Don Miller and the Modern Temptation to Abandon the Institutional Church – A longish piece, but so very worth your time. Uri Brito nails it.

The Only Thing Worse – “You’re born into the middle of somebody’s life, and then you’re married into the middle of somebody’s life. And so, for always and always, you’re bound to people, through thick and thin, for better or worse. You always will be.”

The Mother – Beautifully spot-on.

Snake vs. Crocodile – “Once the 5-hour reptilian brawl ended, the snake dragged the crocodile to shore. It then began at the crocodile’s head and over the course of just 15 minutes, completely swallowed the entire thing.” The pictures are incredible.

Circumlocutions and Faggotré – Wilson’s wit is sharp enough to shave with.

Ghost Stories and Magic – And hurray for this: “Coldplay have officially awoken from their quasi-hibernation. The British rock group will put out their sixth album, Ghost Stories, on May 19th.”

“I suppose that all endeavors which are directed to a purely worldly end… contain within themselves the germs of their own corruption.” – T.H. White, The Once and Future King

Visions Too Strong for Our Nerves

“People do not paint, in rapture, the rise of the dollar on the world money market. There is no Bach to compose a fugue like a waterfall, joyously heralding the advent of some political hack, the joy of man’s desiring. No one will travel over half the world to look at a mural dedicated to Collaborative Learning, or Development of Social Skills. The ancient Hebrews dared not sculpt the Lord God, because they had been warned that any representation of him would be an idol, a lie – such was the awe wherein they were to hold the craftsman who sowed the skies with stars thick as a field of grain. We now must take the commandment given to the Hebrews and twist it inside out. We will not sculpt anything that has to do with the Lord God, because we do not wish to feel the awe that makes all our efforts seem puny. We do not want to say, with Dante, that to describe what we have seen, our words are no better than a baby’s ‘who wets his tongue still at his mother’s breast.’ Such visions are too strong for our nerves. They probably would not do our economy any good, either.”

– Anthony Esolen, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child (p. 231)