October 26, 2008: Susenyos' modest confession - 0 Comments

"I have not changed my religion, I have only improved it. I do not hold my faith because it is that of the Portuguese, nor because it is the faith of Rome, but because it is the true faith. And do not deceive yourselves--for this faith I am prepared to die if necessary, but all those who contradict it will die first."

- Susenyos, King of Ethiopia, ca. 1620, as quoted in Silverberg, The Realm of Prester John, 1972.

October 26, 2008: Giulano Dati on ecumenicism - 0 Comments

"Although a few profess erroneous creeds,
Nevertheless from Christ their faith proceeds."
- Giulano Dati, Treatise on the Supreme Prester John, Pope and Emperor of India and of Ethiopia, c. 1495.

October 16, 2008: On the King's Coins - 0 Comments

". . . but I dreamed the head of a king
was carried on all, that they teemed on rooftops . . ."

- Charles Williams, 'Bors to Elaine: on the King’s Coins' from Taliessin Through Logres, 1938.

October 12, 2008: Easterbrook on doom - 0 Comments

"Most contemporary fund-raising turns on high-decibel assertions that everything's going to hell. It is not."

- Gregg Easterbrook, The Progress Paradox, 2003

October 6, 2008: Stuntz on Tradition - 0 Comments

"Burke taught conservatives to respect tradition even when its rationale seems obscure, for tradition often represents the accumulated wisdom of generations past."

- Bill Stuntz, "Where Are the Burkeans?", 2008

September 28, 2008: Robinson on truth, devotion, and grace - 0 Comments

"Experience had taught them that truth had sharp edges and hard corners, and could be seriously at odds with kindness. They had learned that excessive devotion to even the highest things seemed and probably was sanctimonious, and that the one sufficient measure of excess was that look of annoyance, confirmed in themselves by a twinge of embarrassment, that meant the line had been crossed. They recognized grace in the readiness of the darkest sinner to take a little joke, a few self-effacing words, as an apology."

-- Robinson, Home, 2008