Monday, March 21, 2011

Oversimplified Consistency - Hans Frei on Heresy

Hans w. Frei, Theology and Narrative: Selected Essays (George Hunsinger and William C. Placher, eds.; OUP, 1993): 49.
[A] heresy is often the sign that orthodoxy has sacrificed the elements of mystery, and along with it tentativeness or open-endedness, to an oversimplified consistency.

Reminds me of Ralph Waldo Emerson's, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."

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