It’s sober men who seek to worship stones.

We set a faceless idol in our heart,

confirming thoughts that God could disappoint.


We never think the idol is alive-

We want it drawn out from the underlife. 

The stone is symbol for the source of things.


On its altar, we will offer reasonings

and give him praise in scientific words

As ground and father of the universe.


  1. Niggardly Phil said,

    July 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    This is excellent.

    Stones, that sheer dead multiplicity.

    Seems aimed at the sola scientia crowd, but I see it also in my own life – God grant me the strength to to complete my lifework, to set out again to pull down that altar that I myself have raised a thousand times before.

  2. a thomist said,

    July 26, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    This is an attempt to capture that sober, thoughtful, reflective judgment that non-living things are ultimate causes. Science had its role to play in modern men forming that judgment, but there has always been something to speak with that kind of confident assurance that the non-living is at the root of things (witch doctors, temple priests, philosophers). We make the inferences ourselves regardless of their being unwarranted.

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