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Sunday, November 11, 2007

a state of wonder

Canadian pianist and musician Glenn Gould has this marvelous quote: "The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity."

I have taken this quote and altered it slightly to read like this: "The purpose of the Christian faith is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity."

I think Glenn will not have a hard time forgiving me for tinkering with his words. His Christian background will amply prepare him for such an alteration and, in my humble opinion, the two terms - "art" and "the Christian faith" - ought to be interchangeable. The Christian life ought to be considered a work of art in progress, in the deft hands of a loving God who has an eye for beauty and originality.

1 comment:

EMP said...

Amen.

Thank you, Glenn Gould, for the original, and Murray, for tinkering. I shall share your words with my Eng. lit. college students; the state of wonder and serenity is something we've spent the past semester together trying to construct (or at least glimpse). EMP