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Dedicated to Magdalene, Chloe and Finn:
because if I had been with them,
as I wished, and they deserved,
this thesis would not have
been studied or written.
Whatever its quality,
it is a poor substitute.
At that time, Jesus spoke these words: ‘I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the learned and wise, and revealing them to the simple ... ’
The Gospel according to Matthew, ch. 11
There is, it seems to us,
At best, only a limited value
In the knowledge derived from experience.
The knowledge imposes a pattern, and falsifies,
For the pattern is new in every moment
And every moment is a new and shocking
Valuation of all we have been.
T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets, East Coker
... at this sound, the crowd gathered, all bewildered because each one heard his own language being spoken. They were amazed, and in their astonishment exclaimed, ‘Why, they are all Galileans, are they not, these men who are speaking? How is it then that we hear them, each of us in his own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites; inhabitants of Mesopotamia, of Judaea and Cappadocia, of Pontus and Asia, of Phrygia and Pamphilia, of Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene; visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs, we hear them telling in our own tongues the great things God has done.’ And they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What can this mean?’ Others said contemptuously, ‘They have been drinking!’
The Acts of the Apostles, ch. 2
Jesus answered, ‘ ... My task is to bear witness to the truth. For this I was born; for this I came into the world, and all who are not deaf to truth listen to my voice.’ Pilate said, ‘What is truth?’
The Gospel according to John, ch. 18
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets, Little Gidding
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
1 Corinthians 13.12