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Like the last few bars of Wagner's Siegfried Idyll

February 14, 2008

T. S. Eliot:

“Esthetic sensibility must be extended into spiritual perception, and spiritual perception must be extended into esthetic sensibility and disciplined taste before we are qualified to pass judgment upon decadence or diabolism or nihilism in art.”

“There is an aspect in which we can see a religion as the whole way of life of a people, from birth to the grave, from morning to night and even in sleep, and that way of life is also its culture. And at the same time we must recognise that when this identification is complete, it means in actual societies both an inferior culture and an inferior religion.”

Notes Toward the Definition of Culture (p. 103 in the 1949 ed. of Christian and Culture)

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  1. February 17, 2008 12:40 pm

    Ryan,

    Can you explain what Eliot meant when he said that “when this identification [that of culture and religion, right?] is complete, it means in actual societies both an inferior culture and an inferior religion”? Also, I was wondering about the title of the post, its link in meaning with the post itself. Thanks.

    Regan
    (I am one of your biggest fans, I think!)

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