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Our Many Debts to Catholicism

31 October 2007

I will shortly post an excerpt from Michael Casey’s Sacred Reading:  The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina.  Casey is an Australian Catholic monk from Tarrawarra.  Suffice to say for now that we evangelicals – and I’m not so sure I am one, after all that – owe a great debt to the Catholic Church and its careful scholarship, its attention to the inner life and its stout resistance to the winds of culture.  Casey’s prologue is a magnificent apology for religious conservatism.  (Note well:  I did not say “political conservatism.”)  He makes a great case for deference to tradition, learning from the past, and making fresh application of classically established truths to contemporary life.

And that’s just in the first 10 pages.

Enjoy it.  I know I will.

qb

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