Monday, June 15, 2009

Dredging History with a Magnet

I've been re-reading Dallas Willard's The Divine Conspiracy, and ran across of wonderful quote by Jaroslav Pelikan. The quote is from Jesus Through The Centuries:

"Jesus of Nazareth has been the dominant figure in the history of Western culture for almost twenty centuries. If it were possible, with some sort of super magnet, to pull up out of that history every scrpt of metal bearing at least a trace of his name, how much would be left?" (Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries, p.1 or Divine Conspiracy, p.12)

It sounds an echo from John's gospel: 25And there are also many other things which Jesus did. If they should be all recorded one by one [in detail], I suppose that even the world itself could not contain (have room for) the books that would be written. (John 21:25, Amplified)

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