Matthew Clanahan; ISFJ; 25-year-old graduate student; Learning Support Specialist and adjunct English instructor at Three Rivers College; Bachelor's of Science in Mass Media/Radio with a minor in math from Southeast Missouri State University; Apple enthusiast; total geek; coffee connoisseur; flannel lover, multiple-instrument musician; drummer for Berlin Airlift; caffeine addict; LGBT ally; Christ follower; ordinary radical

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We try to be too reasonable about what we believe. What I believe is not reasonable at all. In fact, it’s hilariously impossible. Possible things aren’t worth much. These crazy impossible things keep us going.

Madeleine L’Engle (via somecallmejuke)

The longing for a society with a unified ideology, or for a unified Catholic or Christian state, continues to grow, as it becomes more difficult for men to endure the plurality of different patterns of life and to use their differences for productive and fertile developments. Thus every theology must include reflections upon its own point of view in these conflicts and on its own place in the social and political situation. An attempt to adopt an absolute point of view would be equivalent to having no point of view at all. To make one’s own point of view absolute would be stupidity. This does not amount to relativism. Anyone who understands the relativity of relativity, will see himself as relative to others; but this does not mean giving up one’s own position. To see one’s own point of view as relative to that of others means to live in concrete relationships and to think out one’s own ideas in relationship to the thought of others. To have no relationship would be death.

Jürgen Moltmann, The Crucified God: The Cross of Christ as the Foundation and Criticism of Christian Theology, p. 10-11 (via shneevon)

Too often we have seen the Sword that pierces the soul turned into a baseball bat swung upside the head of those who disagree with particular economic, political, or sexual mores. ‘Scripture interprets itself’ is little more than an idiom for a personal interpretation that is not to be questioned. It is the interpretative twin of trying to get God on your side in an argument.

Free For All: Rediscovering the Bible in Community (via kit-power)

We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.

Patrick Rothfuss, from The Wise Man’s Fear (via talisman)

(Source: athenasherinekhalil)