Saints & Idiots
A Brief Pause
My reflections on life. The blog is a place for me to express my thoughts on the world through the lens of my faith. This is an expression of my journey in action and is primarily about clarifying my ideas for myself, if others can benefit from these thoughts all the better. Click a link to read the latest content.
I recognize my contribution to the world is to help people connect to the saints and geniuses who have shaped my life. With that in mind I am trying to create an index of some of the best books I have read. This list is not exhaustive and if you have questions or want an opinion on what book is right for you simply email me from the contact page.
There are better and more professionally done videos than my own but I do try to at least engage the questions presented to me and if there is a topic you would like to see covered contact me and I will try to accommodate you.
This site is about helping people connect to God and that works best when we are honest about what we know and don’t know. Being honest about who we think God is and who we wish God was. If there is something you are thinking about or a question you would like discussed let us know. Remember if you are thinking about it so are others.
Why The Name?
We all have those quotes that help shape our thinking and one of those in my life is from Origen of Alexandria,
“In advanced matters of theology absolute confidence is possible only for two classes of people, saints and idiots.”
Saints know God and can speak with confidence, idiots know nothing but also speak with confidence. This site is a place for those who are not saints and do not want to be idiots. This is my attempt to give snapshots of God I receive while standing on the shoulders of giants. My goal is to share my journey whether or not I have all the answers.
Quotes to Live By
BECAUSE OF PIETY’S PENCHANT for taking itself too seriously, theology does well to nurture a modest, unguarded sense of comedy. Some droll sensibility is required to keep in due proportion the pompous pretensions of the study of divinity.
― Thomas C. Oden, Classic Christianity
It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.― C.S. Lewis
Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.― John Wesley
We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.― John of Salisbury
And as I close this chaotic volume I open again the strange small book from which all Christianity came; and I am again haunted by a kind of confirmation. The tremendous figure which fills the Gospels towers in this respect, as in every other, above all the thinkers who ever thought themselves tall.― G. K. Chesterton
We might be saints but we never want to be idiots
So we continue to listen to others and search for the heart and mind of God.
God is a person to relate with not a concept to be understood.