Thursday, May 8, 2014

The End from the Beginning


I ran across this little snippet in a piece of correspondence between the great John Milton and one of his friends concerning the reformation of education:
"I am long since persuaded, that to say, or do aught worth memory and imitation, no purpose or respect should sooner move us, than simply the love of God, and of mankind."
Later, he says this:
"The end then of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him, as we may the nearest by possessing our souls of true virtue, which being united to the heavenly grace of faith makes up the highest perfection."
From whence have we come? And how shall we return?

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