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This is the great fall, the fall by which the fish forgets the sea, the ox forgets the meadow, the clerk forgets the city, every man forgets his environment and, in the fullest and most literal sense, forgets himself. This is the real fall of Adam, and it is a spiritual fall. It is a strange thing that many truly spiritual men, such as General Gordon, have actually spent some hours in speculating upon the precise location of the Garden of Eden. Most probably we are in Eden still. It is only our eyes that have changed."
~GKC: 'The Defendant.'
The following observation by philosopher Peter Kreeft on the Transfiguration (Mt. 17:1-8) helps explain GK's meaning about our eyes having changed. We only see what "appears" rather than "what is":
“The first thing to get clear about this “transfiguration” is that is was not a transfiguration of Jesus’ reality but of the disciples’ vision. Jesus did not change and become brighter than light. He always was and is brighter than light. (He is not a little bit like light; light is a little bit like Him.) It was the disciples’ eyes that were changed. God enabled them to see what is instead of just what appears. He lifted the curtain.”
Artwork: Transfiguration, by Fra Angelico. Fresco (Cell 6), 1440-42, Convento di San Marco, Florence.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Giving sight to the blind
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