About Me

My photo
Robin Parry is the husband of but one wife (Carol) and the father of the two most beautiful girls in the universe (Hannah and Jessica). He also has a lovely cat called Monty (who has only three legs). Living in the city of Worcester, UK, he works as an Editor for Wipf and Stock — a US-based theological publisher. Robin was a Sixth Form College teacher for 11 years and has worked in publishing since 2001 (2001–2010 for Paternoster and 2010– for W&S).

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Sacramental ontology—wisdom from Thomas Traherne

Who was it that said that seventeenth-century poets from Hereforshire (England) have nothing worth saying? Let them sit dumbfounded before the inspirational words of the Anglican priest and poet Thomas Traherne (1637–74):

Your enjoyment of the world is never right, till every morning you awake in Heaven: see yourself in your Father's palace; and look upon the skies, the earth, and the air as celestial joys: having such a reverend esteem of all, as if you were among the angels.

This is a view predicated on a highly sacramental ontology, an appreciation of the heavenly dimensions of "mundane" earthly reality. I love it.

No comments: