Tuesday, 27 February 2007

The ethicist's prayer

“Teach me so that I may act, not just know how I ought to act.”

—Augustine, Discourses on the Psalms, Psa. 118, X.3.

3 Comments:

Ben Myers said...

Of course, theologians could pray an equivalent prayer: "Help me to believe, not just know what I ought to believe."

kim fabricius said...

Sounds like a marginal note to Romans 7:14ff.

John P. said...

I am glad to see that someone else is reading the Bishop's sermons on the Psalms. I have been working on a thesis in which his commentary on the "Psalms of Ascent" has been crucial. But, more importantly, I have found that set of writing to be some of his very best...

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