Thursday, January 14, 2016

Adler: affirming vs. believing

Thursday, January 14, 2016
    Commemoration of Richard Meux Benson, Founder of the Society of St John the Evangelist, 1915
    And because of his words many more became believers.
    —John 4:41 (NIV)
    After a trip to Mexico [in 1984]... I fell ill... The illness was protracted... I suffered a mild depression... When [an Episcopal priest] prayed for my recovery, I choked up and wept. The only prayer I knew word for word was the Pater Noster. On that day and in the days after it, I found myself repeating the Lord’s Prayer, again and again, and meaning every word of it. Quite suddenly, when I was awake one night, a light dawned on me, and I realized what had happened... After many years of affirming God’s existence and trying to give adequate reasons for that affirmation, I found myself believing in God.
    ... Mortimer J. Adler (1902-2001), quoted in Philosophers Who Believe, Kelly James Clark, Illinois: Inter-Varsity Press, 1993, p. 215-216 (see the book)
    See also John 4:41; Matt. 4:4; 6:9-13; 7:28-29; Luke 4:32; John 6:63; 7:46; Acts 8:12; 15:3; Rom. 10:14-15,17; 1 Cor. 2:4-5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You manifest Yourself to Your people.
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