Friday, April 09, 2010

All that rises must converge.

I'm writing a paper for a conference on St. Edith Stein at Steubenville, and I think I have discovered a unique aspect of her theology, something that she arrives at on her own. Then I find that the Orthodox theologian Vladimir Lossky says much the same thing, drawing on St. Gregory of Nyssa, whom I have no evidence that Stein read.

But they all agree on the very unknowability of any human person as being a way in which humans are in the image and likeness of God. Perhaps a difference could be in the centrality of this aspect.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Cicero on the liberal arts

Nam ceterae neque temporum sunt neque aetatum omnium neque locorum: haec studia adolescentiam acuunt, senectutem oblectant, secundas res ornant, adversis perfugium ac solacium praebent, delectant domi, non impediunt foris, pernoctant nobiscum, peregrinantur, rusticantur.

Other pursuits are not of all times, ages, or places. This pursuit sharpens adolescence, delights old age, adorns favorable things, supplies refuge and solace to unfavorable things, pleases at home, doesn't hurt away from home, and watches with us through the night, journeys with us, and relaxes in the country with us.