Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.” I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”
NOTE: Starting in July, 2020, Dr. Williams’s poetry blog will be moving to http://www.thefivepilgrims.com. Watch for it there!
From Jesus to the oral testimony about Him by His disciples to the faith once delivered to the saints to the written New Testament to the developed doctrine of the church encapsulated in the historic Creeds: Was that an arbitrary process or an unbroken line of logical, faithful, and inevitable development? The people who were there while it was happening thought it was the latter. And so it seems to me.
ON TO NICAEA
“ . . . fides quaerens intellectum.” –Anselm of Canterbury
From the first day the Gospel was proclaimed,
The passionate intellect was there, demanding,
Not proof—the Empty Tomb provided that—
But reasoned explanation that was aimed
At faith in search of fruitful understanding
For mindful worship, not for idle chat.
So the Apostles, sent to meet this need,
Defined with care the doctrine they were handing
To their disciples; they, to those who sat
At their feet. Faithfully they sowed the Seed,
Watered, weeded, wept through heat and cold
(Scripture was the standard, guaranteed,
By which they worked as on the seasons rolled),
Until it brought forth light a hundred-fold,
A wholesome harvest on which yet we feed.
The climax of this process was the Creed.
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