Monday, November 13, 2006

Numinous

This is a quote from Carl Sagan's Contact in which a character summarizes what Rudolph Otto said in The Idea of the Holy:
"He believed that humans were predisposed to detect and revere the numinous. He called it the misterium tremendum. Even my Latin is good enough for that.
"In the presence of the misterium tremendum, people feel utterly insignificant but, if I read this right, not personally alienated. He thought of the numinous as a thing 'wholly other,' and the human response to it as 'absolute astonishment.'"

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Blogger Kelly said...

You just wanted to quote Contact after our conversation at bible study the other night, didn't you?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 3:32:00 PM  
Blogger treeinforest said...

Actually, no. I am just in the middle of reading it right now, and the quote was relevant...

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 10:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

hey, so I'm just now getting around to checking out all of your Italy pictures. They are so awesome!

Saturday, November 18, 2006 2:54:00 PM  

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