I hope I don’t have to unpack this one, but please let me know if you’d like me to. I will say this much. Nobody says “One Corinthians” or “Two Corinthians,” except for President Do You Have Prince Albert in the Can. So there’s that. Now about Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, Chapter 13, spiritual maturity, love, faith, and hope, oh and dirty mirrors, you’ll have to read it on your own. I’m so fed up with fundamentalists staggering into politics…ok, that’s all I’ll say. That reminds me, it’s forgiveness that we need, as we discussed before here.
I reversed the order of the lines in this quote from theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr to dramatize the crescendo of his interpretation and the structure of the effort implied. Please click here to see the quote in its original sequence.
Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope.
Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone;therefore we must be saved by love.
No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint; therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.
Reinhold Niebuhr, The Irony of American History
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I hate to clog up the internet, but I couldn’t find this related, late-1980s image earlier for insertion into the previous post. So, without any further ado [or as some would wrongly have it…/without any further adieu/]: