In two other posts I’ve pondered the same quote by Reinhold Niebuhr, wherein he has this to say: “Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.” Do read the rest of the quote, click here if you’re so inclined, because he goes on so gracefully to talk about faith, love, and – wait for it – forgiveness.


Tayasui Sketches, iColorama

Step Right Up

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.

step right up

What Do You Have To Lose?

Donald Trump in an inside out, upside down sorta’ way reminded me of an obscure saying of one of the desert fathers that I would have been exposed to decades ago in either monastic or seminary formation. The saying has stuck with me and has informed my understanding of faith, which I’ve illustroblogged about herein. At any rate, per omnia secula seculorum. Amen.

What Do You Have To Lose?

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I’m becoming accustomed to looking at faith as the displacement of doctrine and dogma, a subtractive process, rather than the accumulation of doctrinal and dogmatic content, an additive process not unlike the greedy chipmunk gorging on nuts until his cheeks nearly explode.

Freehand sketch in Procreate using a reference photo in a side-by-side manner. Sty-HD stylus too.

Reinhold Niebuhr: A Reality Check

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

Reference photo from this webpage. Freehand in Procreate, iPad, Sty-HD stylus.


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