“Concepts create idols; only wonder comprehends anything. People kill one another over idols. Wonder makes us fall to our knees.” St. Gregory of Nyssa (Sojourners Verse and Voice, July 6, 2011).
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens….. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what are humans that you are mindful of them…. You made them a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned them with glory and honour” King David of Israel, (Psalm 8:1-5)
King David is lost in wonder as he writes these words, swept up in awe of God, of the universe, of humanness itself. The loss of wonder amongst us, influenced partly by our false belief that we can understand and therefore control everything, is one of the causes of a sick society. Maybe it’s here that the Arts can save us? Food for thought….
Sophia Think Tank.