gratitude & hoopla: Metaphor Madness

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"Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace." G. K. Chesterton

28.10.05

Metaphor Madness

Not much to say lately. Ah, the dreaded curse of the blogger with nothing to say! Let him then be silent, and his blog become like a crumbling monument in a field, the clover and the bittersweet slowly grappling it to earth!

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There, now I've got that out of my system. And if that hasn't permanently sated your thirst for simile, go on over to Professing Professor. There Prof. John Mark Hicks refers to an oft-used simile for the Christian life: Christians are like a troup of Shakespearean actors, who have discovered a lost play of the Bard's. Trouble is, they have only the first four acts. The fifth act is lost:
Suppose, however, these scholars, actors, etc., want to perform this play. How can they perform it without the last act? They will have to improvise. In order to do so, they have to "live and breathe" the works of Shakespeare. They will know all his other works, thoroughly know this present play, understand how his mind works, etc. With their "Shakespearean mind" they write and perform the final act as they imagine Shakespeare would have written it.
There is more to the story than this, of course, and Hicks adjusts the metaphor to better fit the Christian life. I would suggest, we are not left without . . . a stage manager! But let us not go mad with metaphors!

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