The Seven Pillories of Wisdom

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Mercer University Press, 1990 - Religion - 137 pages

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Contents

The Argument from UptoDateness
1
The Argument from Probable Certainty
17
The Argument from Primitive Culture
31
The Argument from Silence
39
The Argument from Creative Background
49
The Argument from Consistency
67
The Argument from Specialization
89
A Reappraisal of Rudolf Bultmann in the Light of Form Criticism
103
Bibliography
109
Index of Names and Subjects
117
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Page 89 - A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.
Page 38 - When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
Page 3 - New occasions teach new duties ; Time makes ancient good uncouth ; They must upward still, and onward, who would keep abreast of Truth ; Lo, before us gleam her camp-fires ! we ourselves must Pilgrims be, Launch our Mayflower, and steer boldly through the desperate winter sea, Nor attempt the Future's portal with the Past's blood-rusted key.
Page 89 - In a higher world it is otherwise ; but here below to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.
Page 33 - I attribute the insane arrogance of the later Roman emperors almost entirely to the fact that, never having played golf, they never knew that strange chastening humility which is engendered by a topped chip-shot. If Cleopatra had been outed in the first round of the Ladies' Singles, we should have heard a lot less of her proud imperiousness.
Page 41 - Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?" "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time." "The dog did nothing in the night-time.
Page 77 - The King and Cordelia ought by no means to have dy'd, and therefore Mr Tate has very justly alter'd that particular, which must disgust the Reader and Audience to have Vertue and Piety meet so unjust a Reward. So that this Plot, tho' of so celebrated a Play, has none of the Ends of Tragedy moving neither Fear nor Pity.
Page 77 - Put him to shame by their serious and disinterested purpose and the honesty of their dealings with themselves. His buoyant mind, elated by the exercise of its powers, too often forgot the nature of its business, and turned from work to play ; and many a time when he feigned and half fancied that he was correcting the scribe, he knew in his heart (and of his Paradise Lost they tell us he confessed it) that he was revising the author.
Page 27 - You can have no idea," said Peter, irrelevantly, "how refreshing it is to talk to somebody who has a grasp of method. The police are excellent fellows, but the only principle of detection they have really grasped is that wretched phrase, Cui bono? They will hare off after motive, which is a matter for psychologists. Juries are just the same. If they can see a motive they tend to convict, however often the judge may tell them that there's no need to prove motive, and that motive by itself will never...
Page 39 - ... my habit has been to make the speakers say what was in my opinion demanded of them by the various occasions, of course adhering as closely as pos14 sible to the general sense of what they really said.

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