Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom...Cornelius Plantinga on Self-Centeredness

"A proud person tries to reinvent reality. He tries to redraw the borders of human behavior to suit himself, displacing God as the Lord and boundary keeper of life. At bottom, the fool is out of touch with reality. For, of course, our wills are not sovereign. We are not really our own centers, anchors, or lawgivers. We have not made ourselves, cannot keep ourselves, cannot ultimately oblige or forgive ourselves. The image of ourselves as center of the world is fantasy -- perhaps, in its sheer detachment from reality, even a form of madness. This is especially clear at the most ruinous levels of evil. Only a fool, Milton believed, would rise from the flaming ruins, look out across a 'dismal Situation waste and wild,' filled with 'huge affliction and dismay,' and declare: 'Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heav'n.'"

Cornelius Plantinga Jr.
Not the Way It's Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin

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