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February 12, 2007



we need to keep encouraging each other.
I wrote this to a friend yesterday:
"I think if someone could show us the future, we would just sit down and die. (see Kester's blog)
But there is something weird and altered about Faith. I think it really changes things! Not in a way that can be projected, but a way that has to be altered by the living out. Fear tells me hope is a hoax. and it is if I sit down and die. But hope is real. Hope does things. The thing inside is life.
I'm not sure about any of that, but I like to talk about it, (do it) and wait and see what happens."

I'm glad you explained the symbol society a bit too.

James Kingsley

hey kester,

i just wanted to drop a quick email and say that i'm a long time reader, often link-er and fan of the blog. its good to have you back online via signs and i'm very much appreciating the fare this time around.

anyway, thanks for the great insight today, and here's to hope.

james kingsley
(victoria, BC, canada)


Thanks. It's nice to have encouragement! We should do more of that!



I like the follwoing quote from David Burrell - "we [must] take the sort of steps which are on a scale modest enough to be incorporated into our own story ...if we begin to alter the pattern of our lives, however, we will have to explain those actions to urselves and those close to us"


That's really nice. Where's it from?


Kester - ah....I wish I could remember! Burrell is a colleague of Hauerwas at Notre Dame, but I can't remember where I read that quote - sorry.


" It's the end-game of postmodernism: there is nothing true, nothing to pin our colours to, nothing firm, nothing real... and nothing we can do. "

I think what you describe here is actually the beginning game of postmodernism. What you describe is certainly the rejection of modernism -- of absolute truth, of objective analysis, of enforced ideas of reality -- but the nothingness is not the true paradigm of postmodernism either. I would venture to say that The Symbolic Life is more postmodern than you realise, in the positive sense of moving past the modern way, and then past the depressing deconstruction of how that didn't work, and into a hopeful active mindset to take us forward.

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