4 Jun 2012

It is extraordinary that sects of religious enthusiasts, from the Montanists down to the Catholic Apostolics, should have imagined that to make verbal noises which nobody else could understand was evidence of Divine Inspiration, a repetition of the miracle of Pentecost. What happened at Pentecost was exactly the opposite, the miracle of instantaneous translation — everybody could understand when everybody else was saying.

– W. H. Auden

posted by John H. Doe @ 12:01 am

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