Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Communion with God

Artist: Carl Ludwig Becker

This is so very much the way Archbishop Tutu thinks and feels:

Like when you sit in front of a fire in winter — you are just there in front of the fire. You don't have to be smart or anything. The fire warms you.

-- Desmond Tutu (on communion with God)


  1. Like when you go to church? It's all about feelings, nothing to do with anything as petty as actual facts or logic or sense?

  2. At the risk of feeding the trolls, I've actually never met an atheist who could show they had arrived at their position in life through logic. The atheists I know, friends and otherwise, go by the same combination of experience, guesswork, curiosity, tribal loyalty and gut instinct that drives most human beings. (Assuming anonymous is an atheist, since he/she has not said, or signed any name.)

  3. This phrase expresses the essence of the genius I've always felt in the words of Desmond Tutu. It isn't either about logic or feelings. It is, however a statement of fact. What he says here is indisputable. It is his ability to do this again and again in multiple venues that show him to be a man of great wisdom and deep spiritual insight. The religious significance is that there are experiences in life where one can see, feel and experience love, goodness, kindness, compassion, and many things that touch and warm the human soul just because we’re there to experience them and that stand above the questions that become stumbling blocks when we sit in a pew and listen to someone sermonize about doctrine and ethics.


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