“I can’t pretend anymore. You’ve chosen your way, I’ve chosen mine.”
-Lily Evans to Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“No natural feelings are high or low, holy or unholy, in themselves. They are all holy when God’s hand is on the rein. They all go bad when they set up on their own and make themselves into false gods.”
-C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
*WARNING:* Lots of Harry Potter spoilers, for all seven books.
Like many people raised in the evangelical Christian church, I attended a Christian summer camp throughout my middle school years. Like most Christian summer camps, this one had a dress code for girls: no two-piece swimsuits, no super-short shorts (Nike shorts were fine), and no revealing tops.
Yet another Poetry Friday disguising as a Theology Thursday! Poetry is great and so is theology–I can’t resist the urge to combine them. Neither, apparently, could John Milton. Today, we’re taking a look at his famous “Sonnet on his Blindness.”
This past semester, my English teacher announced that today, we were going to read a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
The girl next to me groaned. “Ugh,” she said. “Not Hopkins.”
Now, this girl happens to be a lovely person and a good friend of mine, but in that moment, it was as if the devil himself sat in that chair. I spun around. “Hopkins is the best poet in the English language.”
“That’s subjective,” she said. “He’s boring.”
Um, hell no. The quality of poetry is not, and can never be, subjective. It is not dependent on one’s personal enjoyment of the poem.
Christians today often want to interpret Scripture either completely literally or completely metaphorically: either everything in the Bible is scientific fact, or it is all a myth. Traditionally, the Church has not seen things this way. In the Middle Ages, Christians read Scripture with a method of interpretation called the “Quadriga” (“a four-horse chariot”). The Quadriga has four “yokes,” or ways to interpret, that help you think about every level of truth that Scripture reveals.
Who is God? What is He like? A.W. Tozer aims to answer these questions in his book The Knowledge of the Holy. Tozer explores several of God’s attributes in order to reintroduce a correct view of God into the Church. Everyone who strives to follow Christ should read The Knowledge of the Holy because it presents crucial doctrines through clear, simple arguments, verse from Scripture, and quotes from great Christian thinkers.