March 1, 2006

stairwell accompaniment:Over the Rhine

“God has no needs. Human love, as Plato teaches us, is the child of Poverty-of a want or lack; it is caused by a real or supposed good in its beloved which the lover needs or desires. But God’s love, far from being caused by goodness in the object, causes all the goodness which the object has, loving it first into existence and then into real, though derivative, lovability. God is Goodness. He can give good but cannot need or get it. In that sense, all His love is, as it were, bottomlessly selfless by very definition; it has everything to give and nothing to receive.”
-CS Lewis, The Problem of Pain

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