Blaise Pascal, Pense√© 347: “Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed. The entire universe need not arm itself to crush him. A vapor, a drop of water suffices to kill him. But, if the universe were to crush him, man would still be more noble than that which killed him, because he knows that he dies and the advantage which the universe has over him; the universe knows nothing of this. All our dignity consists, then, in thought. By it we must elevate ourselves, and not by space and time which we cannot fill. Let us endeavor, then, to think well; this is the principle of morality.”

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Eric Metaxas at the National Prayer Breakfast


I was alerted to this video on Kirk Whitney's "Surly Temple" Blog.  Here is Eric Metaxas' speech at the National Prayer Breakfast this year. Metaxas has written two fine biographies recently, one, Amazing Grace, about William Wilberforce, the other, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, about Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

It takes Metaxas a while to settle down, but once he gets into it, his speech becomes interesting;


Judy Collins 1976: Amazing Grace


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