A Vast Temple of Being

Convento do Carmo in Lisbon. Image by Chris Adams. Used by permission under GDFL.

I came across this beautiful passage in the first volume of Gary Dorrien’s trilogy: The Making of American Liberal Theology: Imagining Progressive Religion 1805-1900, which I am currently reading.  Dorrien takes this passage itself from the Congregationalist preacher, Horace Bushnell (1802-1876).

I stand here then a thinking creature in a vast temple of being.  The sky is over me, the earth beneath, and around me I gaze at the floor and the walls and the shafted pillars of the temple and behold all overlaid and inlaid with types of thought.  Whose thought?  If I am intelligent so is the world.  I live here – amazing thought! – embosomed in the eternal intelligence of God.

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