The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Monday, November 13, 2006

Flannery O'Connor vs. Ulrich Zwingli




Because creation is always the medium by which God comes to us, O'Connor argued that Catholic writers must not attempt to bypass creation on their way to transcendence, but rather must expect to find the "presence of grace as it appears in nature." This world is the site of God's action, and therefore the writer's faith ought not "become detached from his dramatic sense and from his vision of what-is." Manicheanism separates "nature and grace as much as possible" and in doing so reduces "his conception of the supernatural to pious clichés and has become able to recognize nature in literature in only two forms, the sentimental and the obscene." .....

Approaching the infinite "directly without the mediation of matter"—it describes the "modern spirit" perhaps, but equally and perhaps better it describes the spirit of Zwingli, the Zwinglian spirit that Luther could not recognize as his own. Insofar as Protestantism is infected with various strains of the Manichean virus, to that extent modern evangelicals are incapable of discerning the theophanies that surround us on every hand.

Read the whole article by Peter Leithart here.

I suppose no matter how much I would like to fudge with my Catholic upbringing, I will never be able to shake this incarnational sense of things. And thank God!


9 Comments:

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Pseudo-Iamblichus said...

Both posts today were found/inspired on the Reformed Catholicism site, link to the right.

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger Matt said...

"Well, if a symbol is all it is, then to hell with it!"

--Flannery O'Connor on the Eucharist

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger Pseudo-Iamblichus said...

On the other hand, Zwingli did die in battle, going down "gansta style"....

GGGGG...G-UNIT!

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger Matt said...

I can only hope that he died repentant. ;)

 
At 10:16 AM, Blogger Pseudo-Iamblichus said...

By the way, Matt, I won't be at Evensong today (Wednesday).... school obligations, unfortuneatly.

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Well, we'll have a nice surprise for you this evening. Hope to see you then!

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger Pseudo-Iamblichus said...

Uh-oh!

 
At 11:14 PM, Blogger RW said...

thanks for the link. we are huge Leithart fans out west.

 
At 8:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FLANNERY O'CONNOR was my neighbor in '59 in Milledgeville. She wrote MANNERS, but she was snobby, ugly and rude to me, just because my boy Freddy peed in her cabbage. She went to Sacred Heart Catholic, where some women called me "hussy."
www.ruthieblacknaked.blogspot.com

 

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