One of the several reasons this blog has not being updated on a daily basis, is that I had so many good books to read, books that were not only in a wish list, but were already sitting on my shelves waiting to be read. Every time I passed by I could feel them staring at me with that reproach look that only a mad book knows how to give. I could not stand the thought, “What if all those letters decide to come out from the pages and hunt me one night…” Too risky. So I decided to follow one of Wilson’s advice and try start reading about two books a week. So far, so good. And I am very happy. No more books staring at me anymore. I now walk pass by the shelves, and give those books that look and can almost see them smiling at me.
This weekend I finished reading an amazing book, Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, & Meanings by Nancy Pearcey. This is a book that if it were a concert, I would have raised to my feet at the end of it to give an ovation to the author. I totally recommend it for every Christian who loves arts but also for those who doesn’t understand the arts. It is a book for thinkers who love the Word of God and live, like the rest of us, in a fallen world where world-views must be discerned. Yes, in short, this is a book for all Christians.
Today I just want to share one quote that I absolutely loved:
“For God’s truth is indeed beautiful -a drama so exciting and intense that we can hardly bear to consider it directly, just as we cannot look at the sun directly. Dorothy Sayers once said, ‘The dogma is the drama.’ That is, biblical doctrine is itself the gripping plot line of universal history. ‘We are constantly assured that the churches are empty because preachers insist too much upon doctrine -‘dull dogma,’ as people call it. The fact is precise the opposite. It is the neglect of dogma that makes for dullness. The Christian faith is the most exciting drama that ever staggered the imagination of man.’ No other religion teaches that the highest divinity, the one who created the universe, entered the human condition, shared its sufferings, and was condemned by his own creatures. ‘The man should play the tyrant over man is the usual dreary record of human futility; but that man should play the tyrant over God… is an astonishing drama indeed.’ Sayers writes. ‘Any journalist, hearing of it for the first time, would recognize it as news; those who did hear it for the first time actually called it news, and good news at that.’
Even more astonishingly, we ourselves have the opportunity to participate in that drama through our own lives. The Bible’s doctrines are inseparably rooted in the history of ordinary human beings… The implication is that every one of us, though we too are ordinary people, can lead lives imbued with the same world-revolutionary significance as we participate in the unfolding of God’s redemptive plan.
The Church’s artists and writers are those specifically gifted to convey the drama and excitement of the gospel. They should not be tamed or exploited, but nurtured and supported in their vital mission. Through their ministry, they help everyone recognize the beauty and cosmic purpose of their own lives.”
Isn’t this exciting to read?
Isn’t it exciting to know that we are part of God’s story?
Adding this one to my wishlist! I've seen Nancy's works mentioned around the internet and part of me has worried they are too intellectual for me but your review and excerpt gives me impetus to dive in…! 🙂
Sounds like a great book that I need to add to my list.
Thank you Becky for your support of Nancy's writing! We need more thinkers who write…Kinda like you!
Persis, guess what? Total Truth is one of the books waiting for its turn on my shelves!
Nancy Pearcey is a God-given gift to the church. She is a meticulous and thinker; and through her words one can easily perceive her love and passion for the Gospel.
I just finished Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey this week. I was floored by that book. Consequently, I've been eyeing Saving Leonardo and The Soul of Science.