Wisdom on Wednesdays—Concrete Christianity

“Neither such abstractions as Humanity alone nor Christianity exist: they must be made once more by something concrete: by Christians, by persons.”  (1942)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—A man, not mankind

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Peter, oil on canvas, c. 1941, 24 x 20 in.

Wisdom and prophetic intuition
Abide with a man
Not mankind
A man can remember his origins
And a man can live in apprehension of his end
Not mankind
(1934)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—“It is easy to love humanity”

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Gertrude feeding her son Austin, September 9, 1921

“I always suspect the poet or artist who loves humanity. It is immature and an oversimplification of a difficulty. For it is easy to love humanity—the trouble comes when we attempt to love our neighbor. Our neighbor is not a vague abstraction but the individual with whom we come in contact in our daily lives.”  (c. 1931)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—“It is easy to love humanity”

“I always suspect the poet or artist who loves humanity.  It is immature and an oversimplification of a difficulty.  For it is easy to love humanity—the trouble comes when we attempt to love our neighbor.  Our neighbor is not a vague abstraction but the individual with whom we come in contact in our daily lives.”  (c. 1931)

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Gertrude feeding her son Austin, September 9, 1921