In praise of bores and boredom



G.K. Chesterton wrote that “there is no such thing as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person”[1]

From a thoroughly Christian perspective everything that exists is poetical; for everything was spoken into existence by the creative Word of God and continues in existence solely through his sustaining Word.

He (Jesus) is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact likeness of His being,

and He holds everything together by His powerful word. (Hebrews 1:3 ISV)

All that we see and are is therefore God’s love poem. Through the universe God makes poetic expression of His divine nature of Love.

Thus even the most mundane things have at their heart an inexpressible mystery and poetry. Indeed it is an ability to see this hidden reality that is the beating heart of every true theologian and artist. Theology, art, and poetry, at their best, reveal…

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