I am always impressed by Matthew Milliner. Here's something he had to say about tourists and pilgrims:
“The tourist seeks interesting places. The pilgrim seeks to realize the way that a particular place freshly articulates the truths of faith. Hence the pilgrim, like the tourist, can be deeply impressed by the scale of the Parthenon, but equally overwhelmed by Mars Hill just below, where Paul's message, then mocked, would soon make of the that Parthenon a church. The pilgrim, like the tourist, will be awestruck by the Roman forum, but struck all the more - looking out at the mushrooming church domes over the Eternal City skyline - that the forbidden religion overcame imperial might. Pilgrims, like tourists, can’t help but be affected by the pyramids, only to then sense the shattering contrast of the Sinai wilderness, where the man-made pyramids are dwarfed by far larger natural ones, and where Pharonic splendor is both tempered and judged.”
If I kept quoting the good stuff I'd just steal the entire post.
31 March 2010
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08 March 2010
I wrote something for the League on Friday and Saturday, realized it was sort of dumb on Sunday, and posted it anyway on Monday. The first comment is right: I do make mountains out of molehills. I spend lots of time on conceptual points with no direct application to anything at all. Sorry! But I'm not going to change.