Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Venerable Dead - Davies

Though there are many wonderful contemporary writers and many older ones not worth reading, the following quote seems to address a general trend we find in much of today's theology.
"The Vernerable Dead are waiting in my library to entertain me and relieve me from the nonsense of surviving mortals."
Samuel Davies (1723-1761)
P.S. The picture is of C. H. Spurgeon's library.


At Wednesday, February 08, 2006 5:53:00 PM, Blogger Puritan Belief said...

That is an impressive library. Sorry to appear ignorant but I don't actually get this quote. Can you explain?

At Thursday, February 09, 2006 12:07:00 AM, Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

There does seem to be a trend towards the contemporary over the traditional (books as well as music). I think that perhaps many of the older writers were more concerned with clearly articulating their thoughts on paper and less with producing a best-seller.

At Thursday, February 09, 2006 4:45:00 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

evolutionary theory has permeated all of culture. We seem to believe that people today are more intelligent and better educated than men of the past.
There is a general disdain for ancient people (except perhaps a few notables like Plato, Aristotle..)

It seems to me that some of the greatest minds of the past are in a better position to inform us than the greatest minds of today. This being because the 'spirit of the age' has permeated the culture to the point that most people today (with many admirable exceptions) have been polluted by post-modernism or the philosophy of the hour.

At Thursday, February 09, 2006 8:28:00 AM, Blogger Jada's Gigi said...

I do agree. I guess those of past times sought more diligently to put their thoughts on paper as it was the only means of preservation. today in our age of instant everything we tend toward, TV, or recorded sermons or books that address the crisis of the moment rather than long standing issues of the faith. And sadly, the issues of the moment are usually so fleeting in our society.
On the other hand some writers works take on monumental proportion the moment they die...

At Thursday, February 09, 2006 9:48:00 AM, Blogger Doug E. said...


The genral point is that many of the old books written by authors that have past on are much better than many of those who are writing today. And we should go to them. Much like you do with the puritan writings.


At Thursday, February 09, 2006 10:20:00 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

I forgot to mention one of the reasons that past thinkers were so much better off than todays'...We've got TV!

We tend to spend discretionary time watching TV whereas in the past they would study.

Take Edwards as an example:

Enters Yale just shy of 13 years old
Earns his master's at 19

He's known as a master Theologian, philosopher and scientist.

He was cool!

At Thursday, February 09, 2006 10:53:00 AM, Blogger Kim from Hiraeth said...

That is one of my all time favorite quotes!

It goes well with this verse:

Thus says the Lord:

Stand by the roads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it,and find rest for your souls.

Jeremiah 6:16

The old books and the writings of the "venerable dead" are like walking in the ancient paths--it is good for our souls.


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