"In a few years, perhaps a decade or two, religious America will catch up to Orange County’s present. There will be a shrinking number of evangelical megachurches, gradually aging and waning in influence. There will be numerous small, eclectic, multiethnic evangelical congregations whose emphasis on spiritual commitment and social service is unlikely to attract a large, mainstream following. And there will be surging numbers of immigrant Catholics, Pentecostals, and Muslims. The political influence of evangelicalism will decline. America will not become like Europe, where ossified state churches proved unable to compete against the inherently secularizing forces of market capitalism—and where immigrants’ faith expressions are often met with hostility. America will remain exceptionally religious. But traditional evangelical Christianity will no longer be a dominant presence in that religiosity."
Amo: volo ut sis.” (I love you: I want you to be.)
— Martin Heidegger, quoting Augustine, in a letter to Hannah Arendt, 1925
"This mere existence, that is, all that which is mysteriously given to us by birth and which includes the shape of our bodies and the talents of our minds, can be adequately dealt with only by the unpredictable hazards of friendship and sympathy, or by the great and incalculable grace of love, which says with Augustine, ‘Volo ut sis (I want you to be),’ without being able to give any particular reason for such supreme and unsurpassable affirmation.
– Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951 (via ounu)
“So when I say God is praying, I am speaking of God’s calling, God’s insistence. When I say that we are praying, I am saying that we are calling upon God and also that we are responding, answering in the name of God, in the name of something, God knows what. Our prayers are our response. God’s praying and our praying, God’s calling and our responding, God’s tears and ours, belong together, are bound together, like a problem and a solution.”
– John D. Caputo, The Insistence of God: A Theology Perhaps, p. 31 (via shneevon)
Louis C.K. on smartphones
“Our modern age is characterized by a sadness which calls for a new kind of prophet. Not the prophet of old who reminded people that they were going to die, but someone who will remind them that they are not dead yet. Do not be embarrassed. Do not be afraid.”