Thursday, May 12, 2005

Thinking about the Past

Thinking about the important relationship between past events (and the attitudes that follow those events) in the past week with the advent of Victory Day caused me to pick up a book I read several years ago. The opening chapter of the book (The Collapse of History: Reconstructing Old Testament Theology) has an interesting set of quotes. I just wanted to share them with you.

History above all is a cemetery and field of the dead. - K.G. Steck

God created man, because he loves stories. - Elie Wiesel

The past is not dead; it is not even past. - William Faulkner

If thinking wants to think God, then it must endeavor to tell stories. - Eberhard Jungel


ben said...

Thank you, Kenny, for William Faulkner's wise words about past and present. I agree with him and believe that we carry the past in us as being part ofour present day. It's not only written in our hearts, but also on our face. Even a strong make-up cannot hide it.
Concerning everyone's sin history Faulkner probably could not go with us: we know that unforgiven and forgiven sin in our history (national, family-wise and personal) makes all the difference. History is not a cemetery but living in each of us.
What a privilege to live with our his history -- and that reconciled.
Ben Oehler, Odessa, Ukraine

Kenny Payne said...

Ben, thanks for your comment. I would like to know more about you and what you are doing in Odessa.

Adam said...

Kenny Payne, where are you? I miss your blogged insights! ;)

bigsip said...

Hi, Kenny. This is Josh Sipper. I found your blog through Adam Ellis' blog. Hope you and your family are well. I love history. I think the passage in 1 Cor 10:11-12 gives a good look at making sure that we learn from history. The idea of "those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it" comes to mind when I read this passage. Keep up the good work!