“I don’t think it is enough appreciated how much an outdoor book the Bible is. It is a ‘hypaethral book,’ such as Thoreau talked about – a book open to the sky. It is best read and understood outdoors, and the farther outdoors the better. Or that has been my experience of it. Passages that within walls seem improbable or incredible, outdoors seem merely natural. This is because outdoors we are confronted everywhere with wonders; we see that the miraculous is not extraordinary but the common mode of existence. It is our daily bread. Whoever really has considered the lilies of the field or the birds of the air and pondered the improbability of their existence in this warm world within the cold and empty stellar distances will hardly balk at the turning of water into wine – which was, after all, a very small miracle. We forget the greater and still continuing miracle by which water (with soil and sunlight) is turned into grapes,” – Wendell Berry, “Christianity and the Survival of Creation” in Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community


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  1. This is both profound and simple at the same time. Practically speaking, so much of it takes place outside. God speaks from mountains, from clouds. Jesus spent a great deal of his ministry teaching and performing miracles outside.

    I’m going to throw a wrench now: Jesus said to go in our rooms and shut the door when we pray. And the Eucharist was given inside. God dwelt inside the Holy of Holies in the Temple. But Jesus was crucified outside.

    He most often is found in the silence.

    Oh boy. I need more time on this topic. 👀


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