Thursday, October 14, 2004

Terrific quote from A. Powell Davies

OMG I love this quotation. I used it this past Sunday as part of a homily during our "Revival"/canvass service.

"Why should any of us be confined within a single area of religious culture? When I read Amos and Jeremiah, I say 'Would to God I were a Jew.' When I read the Parable of the Good Samaritan, I say 'Would I were a Galilean.' When I read the 13th of 1st Corinthians, I wish with all my heart that I might be a Christian after the manner of the Apostle Paul. When I think of Buddha and his Eightfold Path, I say, 'I, too, would be a Buddhist.' And when I remember the trial of Socrates, I say in awe but with exalted spirit, 'Oh that I might be so brave a humanist.' And thus at the end, there is nothing I can say but that, like Emerson and Channing, I want to live with the privilege of the illimitable mind.”
-- A. Powell Davies

I'm memorizing it, I love it so much. Sounds even better being proclaimed from the pulpit. Sounds good said aloud, period. Try it, any reader. Read it out loud and feel the thrill ...


JLGT said...

A. Powell Davies was perhaps the greatest Unitarian minister who ever lived and this is one of his most famous quotes. Channing was another and Emerson is a great Unitarian writer. For more information about Unitarian Universalism, check out Here is another of Davies' quotes: "Life is just a chance to grow a soul." And another, one of my favorites: The main thing is to find the main thing and then make it the main thing."

JLGT said...

Bless you - - I see you already know about UUism. I pray - - do you? I will for you and Little Warrior.