Thursday, April 28, 2011

the only survival...

This from an Easter sermon by James Luther Adams as resurrection week continues...

"Religion implies that there is something of utmost significance in our very appearance in the universal process. it urges us to recognize the fact that there have been a Socrates, a Shakespeare, a Confucius, a Buddha, a Christ. I do not propose to offer any arguments for immortality. Indeed, when anyone begins arguing for or against immortality, the effect on me is usually pretty cold. I would only remind you that there are some good evidences to show that there is meaning and purpose in that corner of the universe that we know. The fact that we are children of the universe and heirs to all it's glories is trustworthy.

What then about the bridge that leads across the valley of the shadow of death? We may answer that what is yet unknown will probably bear the same quality as the known. The bridge to the unknown is a bridge in which we may have some confidence. The possibilities are not yet exhausted. Thorton Wilder gave expression to this conviction with these words:

We ourselves shall be loved for awhile and forgotten. But the love will be enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead, and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning."


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