"What do I love, when I love Thee? not beauty of bodies, nor the fair harmony of time, nor the brightness of the light, so gladsome to our eyes, nor sweet melodies of varied songs, nor the fragrant smell of flowers, and ointments, and spices, not manna and honey, not limbs acceptable to embracements of flesh. None of these I love, when I love my God; and yet I love a kind of light, and melody, and fragrance, and meat, and embracement when I love my God, the light, melody, fragrance, meat, embracement of my inner man: where there shineth unto my soul what space cannot contain, and there soundeth what time beareth not away, and there smelleth what breathing disperseth not, and there tasteth what eating diminisheth not, and there clingeth what satiety divorceth not. This is it which I love when I love my God".
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Phil Parshall was among my most influential professors while attending Fuller Seminary. While in Brazil I had enjoyed two of his books on contextualization but being able to interact directly was even better than reading them. The deep love for people of the people of the Muslim faith with whom he served had for long years came across everyone of his lectures. Two decades later I am pleased to have come across some audio that presents some of the historical development of tense relationships between many expressions of Islam and Western societies. I hope you enjoy it!
(the lecture starts 15 minutes into the podcast)