Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday June 22, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 AM
Salvation by Grace

Today’s New York Times has an obituary of Henry Chadwick, an Anglican priest and expert on church history who believed strongly in ecumenism.

Church history and ecumenism may interest few Americans, who have not recently suffered the sort of conflicts familiar to Northern Ireland.

Nevertheless, here are some thoughts on the matter.

From a statement of “the five points of Calvinism”–

Irresistible Grace

“‘Irresistible grace’ refers to the grace of regeneration by which God effectually calls His elect inwardly, converting them to Himself, and quickening them from spiritual death to spiritual life.  Regeneration is the sovereign and immediate work of the Holy Spirit….”

Calvinism is, of course, a deeply serious and powerful approach to spiritual matters.

(See 6/3/08 and 2/20/05.)

Still, I prefer the following visions of grace:

How does one stand
To behold the sublime,
To confront the mockers,
The mickey mockers
And plated pairs?

— Wallace Stevens, 1936

Philadelphia stories: Catholic and Protestant versions, starring Grace Kelly and Katharine Hepburn

On the left, a Catholic answer.
On the right, a Protestant answer.

For further details, see 10/16/05.

The above two
Philadelphia stories
have met in a different
vision of Grace:

Grace Kelly and James Stewart in 'Rear Window'

Click image for a (much) larger version.

This tableau, in the larger version showing details in the background buildings, seems to me an apt, if more Calvinist and less Catholic, version of what Paul Simon, in his Graceland album, has memorably called “angels in the architecture.”

Let us hope that the late Henry Chadwick now has a place among such angels.

Related material:

Yesterday’s entries and
what T. S. Eliot might call
their “objective correlatives
in the Pennsylvania Lottery
and in this journal:

PA Lottery Saturday, June 21, 2008: Mid-day 529, Evening 501



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