I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Luthardt on the Religious Nature of Presuppositions

“If we carry back the antagonisms of the present to their ultimate principle, we are obliged to confess that it is of a religious kind. The way in which a man thinks of God and the world, and their relation to one another, is decisive for the whole tendency of his thought, and even in the question of the purely natural life.”

        ~ Christoph Ernest Luthardt, Apologie des Christentums


  1. This reminds me of the often used words, "Ideas have consequences."

  2. Indeed it does, Bishop Campbell. Pray y'all are well. I'm sure these words echo the title to Richard Weaver's work by the same title. I'm hoping to get to plow through that work and his other popular book (textbook, I believe), The Ethics of Rhetoric. Although too influenced by Platonism, and not enough by scripture, Weaver was a brilliant Southern scholar, who masterfully revealed that many of our modern socio-political and cultural woes were the direct result of the destruction of the Southern traditions, from the Reconstruction to his present day (which only grows worse as time passes). Pray y'all have a grace-filled and fruitful Lenten season!