Between Heaven and Charing Cross by Martin Warner

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So a pound coin is never simply British currency; it also represents power or the lack of it. Similarly, hands are not simply the means by which we signal our handling of the material world; they are also indicative of how we form society and express some of the most important dimensions of our inner selves. As we take the responsibility for ourselves into our own hands, the challenges of taking a stand for truth, for human dignity, and the just stewardship of the earth’s resources begin to confront us.

H. Auden 38 Between Heaven and Charing Cross it was possible to read the signs of a life that intertwined many forms of abuse with longing, vision and beauty; it was exemplified by restlessness. Auden was never apologetic for how his face got to be the way it was. In another face, similarly lined, that of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, one saw a different kind of strain, but longing, vision and beauty were also integral to the relentlessness with which she drove herself to encounter Jesus in the world’s poor.

8 The idea that God has a history is not, of course, to be taken literally, as though a biography of God could be written down. But the phrase does have some merit in helping us to think of what there is in God in ways that are analogous to what exists within our own minds. It prompts us to think about what it means to be human, to live in society. It asks us to attend to Ivan’s comment that he cannot go on in a state of rebellion; he wants to live. We should return at this point to Professor Jeeves’ Boyle Lecture.

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