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"For nothing is secret that will not made manifest, neither anything hidden that will not be known and come abroad."
Luke 8:17


"Long ago, during the last age of reason, certain proud thinkers had claimed that valid knowledge was indestructible - that ideas were deathless and truth immortal. But that was true only in the subtlest sense, the abbot thought, and not superficially true at all. There was objective meaning in the world, to be sure: the nonmoral logos or design of the Creator; but such meanings were God's and not Man's, until they found an imperfect incarnation, a dark reflection, within the mind and speech and culture of a given human society, which might ascribe values to the meanings so that they became valid in a human sense within the culture. For Man was a culture-bearer as well as a soul-bearer, but his cultures were not immortal and they could die with a race or an age, and then human reflections of meaning and human portrayals of truth receded, and truth and meaning resided, unseen, only in the objective logos of Nature and the ineffable Logos of God. Truth could be crucified; but soon, perhaps, a resurrection."
Walter M. Miller, Jr.
(emphasis in original)


"If your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole will be full of light as when the bright shining of a candle gives you light."
Luke 11:36


“It is the magical effect of the admission into man’s innermost spirit of a before unexperienced and wholly inexplicable element, which like electricity suddenly received into any sultry atmosphere of the dark, in all directions splits itself into nimble lances of purifying lights; which at one and the same instant discharge the air of all its sluggishness and inform it with an illuminating property; so that objects which before, in the uncertainty of the dark, assumed shadowy and romantic outlines, now are lighted up in their substantial realities; so that in these flashing revelations of grief’s wonderful fire, we see all things as they are; and though, when the electric element is gone, the shadows once more descend, and the false outlines of objects again return; yet not with their former power to deceive; for now, even in the presence of the falsest aspects, we still retain the impressions of the immovable true ones, though, indeed, once more concealed.”
Herman Melville

 


Bibliography

God (forever and ever)
The Holy Bible

Herman Melville (1819-1891)
Pierre (1852)

Walter M. Miller, Jr. (1923-1996)
A Canticle For Leibowitz (1959)

 
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