About Providence, Divine Action and the Church

In this blog, Terry J. Wright posts thoughts and shares research on the Christian doctrine of providence. This doctrine testifies to God’s provision for all things through creation’s high priest, the man Christ Jesus. However, the precise meaning and manner of this provision is a perpetually open question, and this blog is a forum for discussion of the many issues relating to providence and the place of the Church within God’s action.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

John Donne on Jesus’s Wife

Not really! April September Fool! It’s a quotation from John Donne on death, which was quoted by Christoph Schwöbel at the second Colin Gunton Lecture Day:

All mankinde is of one Author, and is one volume; when one Man dies, one Chapter is not torne out of the booke, but translated into a better language; and every Chapter must be so translated; God emploies several translators; some peeces are translated by Age; some by sicknesse, some by warre, some by justice; but Gods hand is in every translation; and his hand shall binde up all our scattered leaves againe, for that Librarie where every book shall lie open to one another: …

John Donne, Devotions, ed. with commentary by Anthony Raspa (Montreal/London: 1975), p. 86; copied from Christoph Schwöbel’s handout

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