Walt Whitman on Ecclesiastes…and Philippians 3

Hast never come to thee an hour,
A sudden gleam divine, precipitating, bursting all these bubbles, fashions, wealth?
These eager business aims—books, politics, art, amours,
To utter nothingness?

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, #272.


[Entire book of Ecclesiastes]


But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ.

Philippians 3:7-8

2 Responses to “Walt Whitman on Ecclesiastes…and Philippians 3”

  1. Bev Gordon

    Thanks, John. I miss your lengthier blogs. Always enjoyed them but I can imagine they consume a lot of time.

    • John

      Kind of you to say, Bev. Last week I sent the MS. for a retitled, expanded, and revised version of my book “Finally Feminist” to IVP, which will bring it out under a new title, “Truly, Fully Equal,” next year.

      I’ve also been working on lectures to give at the University of Calgary next week (main one: “Putting God in His Place: Does Theology Belong in the University”?), an article on hell for a new “four views” book by HarperZondervan, the revision of lectures I gave in Australia last summer and in Seattle this fall for publication, a forthcoming article on the history of the doctrine of heaven, and a few other things. So blogging has had to take a back seat to the Main Stuff. But I miss it, too, and hope to up my participation ere long.


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