Posted by: duncandrews | April 14, 2011

What sort of freak then is man!

Just came across these two great quotes in an article by Graeme Cole on worldviews. He argues that a worldview needs to be able to account for these incredible contradictions that make up humanity.

“What sort of freak then is man! How novel, how monstrous, how chaotic, how paradoxical, how prodigious! Judge of all things, feeble earthworm, repository of truth, sink of doubt and error, glory and refuse of the universe!”
– Pascal, Pensees

“We human beings are a mystery to ourselves. We are rational and irrational, civilized and savage, capable of deep friendship and murderous hostility, free and in bondage, the pinnacle of creation and its greatest danger. We are Rembrandt and Hitler, Mozart and Stalin, Antigone and Lady Macbeth, Ruth and Jezebel.”
– Daniel L. Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology

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