O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with thee
The silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love!
These last two lines struck me as the fundamental meaning of the Christian faith, and the fundamental malaise of postmodernity. The silence of eternity underscores all that is. Do we interpret this as the empty void, or do we interpret it as the abyss of love? This was the question that I explored in my book Theology After Postmodernity, but these two lines say it all. If to be human is to interpret the world, then the essential and inescapable question is surely, how do we interpret the silence of eternity?