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There Are No Happy Christians, or: Profitable Knowledge Makes Us Sad

Once again, the title was intended to draw you in. There are obviously respects in which it is patently false. But it is not false in every respect. I was directed to the following passage in Bernard of Clairvaux’s Commentary on the Song of Songs (36.2) by John Webster’s essay on the vice of curiosity. […]

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Augustine and Bernard on Speech and Silence

It is sometimes said, wrongly, that Augustine was an “apophatic” theologian. Augustine, it is true, saw there to be a yawning divide between an infinite and holy God and finite and sinful man that compromised man’s speech about God; yet that twofold distance is overcome by the Word and the Word-made-flesh, respectively. Thus while human […]