Sacred versus Perfect

I just listened to the last episode of the first season of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. The guest speaker was Dr. Reverend Stephanie Paulsell and she made a beautiful distinction between sacredness and perfection. The main qualification for something to be sacred is its generative ability; a sacred text is never finished. Whereas for something to be perfect, there’s a note of finality and there is nothing to add. Looking for ideals of perfection and purity in a text can be dangerous and lead to dogmaticism. I like the metaphor she gives, that reading a sacred text is like climbing on a ladder towards the heavens, and this is only capable through it’s generative capacity. Much love and peace on this beautiful Sunday ❤


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