Sunday, July 04, 2010

William Kilpatrick quote:

“It is very nearly the First Commandment of the psychological society that we should accept ourselves as we are. We are urged to greater self-awareness on the happy assumption that we will like what we find. We are, as the saying goes, OK. We just have to learn to be ourselves…In contrast, Christianity starts off by saying that we’re not OK the way we are. There is something wrong with us – a twist in our natures. And the twist is not removed by liking yourself” (The Emperor's New Clothes, pp. 20-21).

Friday, July 02, 2010

Flaming Pianos

Walter Bense

From the intro to Holl's "Reconstruction of Morality":

"All traditional ethics -- whether focusing on virtues, culture, values, or duties -- are to be 'purified' by the (right) Christian ethic, which retains their good points even as it goes beyond them”.