August 04, 2003

So what's a Bright like you doing with a quote like this?

I find it fascinating that Craig Ceely of The Anger of Compassion, a self-proclaimed Bright, not only uses the word uncharitable in its original sense, much as C.S. Lewis would have used it, (and laudably so, in an article about preventable errors in English usage), but also quotes Dame Julian of Norwich's "all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well."

I have to conclude that either he's remarkably well-read in obscure Christian classics, or that he's a Pete Townshend fan--which (full disclosure) is actually where I first heard the phrase. Or he's read a lot of C.S. Lewis in an attempt to understand how Christians think; that's where I first heard of Dame Julian myself.

Posted by Will Duquette at August 4, 2003 09:16 PM

Craig said:

Will,

Reading is good: why shouldn't we all be well-read? And yes, I greatly admire Pete Townshend, although I don't recall a song where he employed the phrase you're talking about.

Will Duquette said:

There's certainly nothing wrong with being well-read; but I still think it's interesting that you're quoting Julian of Norwich. Julian devoted herself to God, renounced her own name, and had herself imprisoned in a cell built into a church in Norwich for the rest of her life, giving spiritual advice to pilgrims through a small hole. I'm a Christian, and that still seems a bit much.

As for Townshend, he uses the phrase on the album "The Iron Man"; there's a song called "All Shall Be Well".