Wisdom on Wednesdays—Poets, pagans, and magicians

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Nativity, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

“Those who believe in magic, the poets and the pagans, should be tenderly handled by the theologian.  The magician, as with the shepherd, is the first worshiper of Christ, and Christ without magic is unthinkable: the burning bush, the speaking stones, the possessed pigs, the fermented water, and so on, culminating in the bread which is the flesh of God and the bleeding grape from the vine of the murdered Christ.”   —from the essay “Miracles”  (1943)

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2 thoughts on “Wisdom on Wednesdays—Poets, pagans, and magicians

  1. Good point. I have recently been becoming appreciative of the pagans and atheists as well.

    They have a methodological foible, but they have impirtant things to offer.

    Dave On Dec 22, 2016 11:59 AM, “Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty” wrote:

    > Samuel A. Schmitt posted: ” “Those who believe in magic, the poets and the > pagans, should be tenderly handled by the theologian. The magician, as > with the shepherd, is the first worshiper of Christ, and Christ without > magic is unthinkable: the burning bush, the speaking stones,” >

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