Thursday, August 02, 2007

Telling the Truth

I'm currently reading Buechner's book, Telling the Truth: the Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale. It has achieved more in the first 50 pages than Mr Scarisbrick, my O'level English teacher, ever did. Today, without threats or arm-twisting, I borrowed the complete works of Shakespeare from the library and started reading King Lear. This is because Lear is quoted and alluded to frequently during the first section of the book. Just in the last few pages I've read, Beuchner also quotes from Dostoevski, Herman Melville, and Gerard Manley Hopkins when dealing with the Gospel as Tragedy. If you like your literature, you'll love this book. Perhaps I can leave you with a quote for now:
The preaching of the gospel is a telling of the truth or the putting of a sort of frame of words around the silence that is truth because truth in the sense of fullness, of the way things are, can at best be only pointed to by the language of poetry - of metaphor, image, symbol - as it is used in the prophets of the Old Testament and elsewhere. Before the Gospel is a word, it is a silence, a kind of presenting of life itself so that we see it not for what at various times we call it - meaningless or meaningful, absurd, beautiful - but for what it truly is in all its complexity, simplicity,
mystery. p25