On English

An Anglophone must do without a Bible.

An English speaker needs to access the Bible in Greek, Slavonic, Latin, and the semitic languages.

He must understand Holy Writ, including the Desert Fathers, Church Councils, canons, letters, etc.

He must grasp history, and sense the shifting, linguistic usages across place and time.

He must know heresy, distinguishing it in its thousand forms.

He must be a critic of politics, society and monastic life.

But, finally, he must himself be a theologian. He must noetically understand by grace what is unsayable in the life of the Holy Spirit.

Then the English thinker can float in the vagaries of his own language without doing harm to the aeternal truths that wordlessly touch his soul.

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