Friday, April 10, 2009

Quote of the day

On the subject of socks that don't match even themselves, thereby defeating the logical law "A, therefore A":

"If I knew, I would say something witty, like 'I'm in your sock drawer subverting your teleology.'" Jonathan

On the subject of pepperoni, which is and is not a meat, especially in reference to Good Friday:

"I guess the cow could say, 'I'm in your pepperoni nuancing your metaphysics.' Then again, I guess the cow would say 'Moo!'" Jonathan

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Quote of the day

Quote from today:

"Squirrels are definitely warped by sin." Pastor Shelby during today's sermon.

And, for the fun of it, a quote from last Saturday:

"Do you want to share parsley?" Elizabeth, relating how she greets new neighbors.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Book of Kells

This morning I was reading a book on the Book of Kells (also called The Book of Kells), which I found most informative. I'd picked it up in a castle bookstore in Scotland. This book has a beautiful layout, with a full-page print of a page from the original Book of Kells, and opposite it text discussing it. Among other things, it explained why the four Evangelists were symbolized by a man, lion, ox, and eagle--a point that had always mystified me.

Matthew -- the Man -- His gospel emphasizes Jesus' humanity.
Mark -- the Lion -- His gospel emphasizes Jesus' royalty.
Luke -- the Ox -- His gospel emphasizes Jesus' priesthood and sacrifice.
John -- the Eagle -- He in his gospel "soars to Heaven, as St. Augustine puts it, and gazes on the light of immutable truth with keen and undazzled eyes."

Rather classy, I thought. This may not be the only explanation, but it struck me as a nice solid one. The Book of Kells (the original one) is astoundingly intricate and impressive, and I mean to learn more about it and also learn to illuminate manuscripts.