Monday, August 08, 2005 +

Notes 131

A surfeit of art: it is art that is the problem, for we do not suffer from a surfeit of beauty.

Religion vs. morality: the conflict cannot be ultimate, otherwise Jesus would be divided. A rogue tamed is useful to society, while a dull clod resisting temptation is heroic even if, pace Trilling, he does not look like one. To forgive those who trespass against us: is this religion or morality? Few artists are artistic, fewer philosophers philosophical. Neither the Prodigal Son nor his brother was good. There is none good but one, that is, God.

On sola scriptura: Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, . . . But I say unto you, . . .

Independent thinkers mainly want people to agree with them.

Faith is fulfilled by works. Works are the testimony of faith.

God speaks. The Bible is a book.

Goodness does not require choosing. A good person who acts without deliberating may still be doing good as a person and not as a robot, because no person is a robot. Natural grace is still grace, and still supernatural. When Jesus said to the leper, I will; be thou clean, he did not first think, I don’t have to do this. Not to deny that choosing good is also good, and also supernatural. Not my will, but thine, be done.

Bible reading should not be all that important when the population is illiterate.