Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Digging About

Athelas, Aragorn tells Sam Gamgee, grows now only sparsely and near places where the Men of the West camped in ancient times. We are the heirs of a great cultural inheritance, and with a little effort, it can still be found....

In his inaugural lecture at Cambridge in 1954, C. S. Lewis spoke of thinkers like "Old Western men," men who, like Tolkien's Men of the West, were dying out. As Lewis predicted, they are now all but gone. But if we dig about their camps, there are things still growing that have the cultural power to heal.

Martin Cothran, "Man & Men," The Classical Teacher (Late Summer 2012), 14

Reminds me of what we are doing as a church.

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