Thursday, May 06, 2010

I like that scene in the movie Dead Poets Society in which Mr. Keating, an English instructor at an elite preparatory schoool, asks his students to rip out the "introduction to Poetry" essay from their literature textbooks... Dr. Keating paced the isle with a trash can and reminded the students that poetry is not algebra, not songs on American Bandstand that can be rated on a scale from one to ten, but rather they are pieces of art that plunge the depths of the heart to stir vigor in men and woo women.
Too much of our time is spent trying to chart God on a grid, and too little is spent allowing our heats to feel awe. By reducing Christian spirituality to formula, we deprive our hearts of wonder.

- Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

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