“Liturgy is not simply an outward and symbolic honoring of a God whom we know already through internal experience or conceptual reflection.  Rather, it is the most important initial way in which we come to know God and the path to which we must constantly return – in excess of the relative poverty of our private emotional experiences and the equal poverty of abstract speculative theology.  This is because human beings are mixed creatures – part beast and part angel, as Pascal expressed it.  This apparently grotesque hybridity is our miniature dignity.  Unlike angels, we combine in our persons every level of the created order from the inorganic, through the organic, through the animally psychic to the angelically intellectual (125).”

~ “Liturgy and the Senses” from Creston Davis’ Paul’s New Moment: Continental Philosophy and the Future of Christian Theology

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