Prophets

"Late Autumn Color" (photo by m.a.h. hinton)

“Late Autumn Color” (photo by m.a.h. hinton)

On the top shelf of the bookcase in my newly “remodeled” office are books by Thoreau, books about birds (and a few other animals), my old RSV Bible, the 1855 Edition of Leaves of Grass, and a couple of journals.

Time levels and distills. What is most important to us eventually rises to the top.

For the Protestant, revelation comes only from the Bible, sola scriptura. My uneasiness with this concept, I suppose, is what ultimately “converted” me. In the end I realized that I could never  reconcile my natural way of thinking about God, creation, and being human with that most Protestant of credos.

For me, Nature and Art tell us as much about God as the Bible can. Often times more. Revelation comes from everything. Creation after all bears witness to the Creator. The Bible is merely the first among equals in revealing what is Truth.

Thoreau and Whitman are prophets. Thoreau a prophet of Nature. Whitman of the Self and being human.

 

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