Monday, September 15, 2008

tell it slant

From the title of her poem-- used as the title of Eugene Peterson's latest book, and a portion of an interview with him on the Mars Hill Audio Journal.
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant---
Success in Cirrcuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightening to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind---
--Emily Dickinson
Peterson used this to speak to the truth that truth is often best presented cryptically and with a "slant"-- from an angle. Not diminishing the truth, but presenting it in an intriguing manner. Not being to communicate all of it well in one setting, but illuminating pieces at a time.

We see this in action from the parables of Jesus to a positive contribution related to post-modernism.


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