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Effecting the Transcendent

(I would like to thank Paul Newall and Dr. William T. Clark, III, for taking the time to read through the various versions of the thoughts and expressions contained herein (originally posted as The Thin Red Line: Grace in the … Continue reading

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The Thin Red Line: Grace in the midst of war?, Part 12 of 12

(Continued from Part 11) 12. Some additional thoughts In Witt’s response to Fife, Bell saw grace in the midst of war. But it was just a moment, and the question remains: How is that transcendent love we know as grace … Continue reading

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The Thin Red Line: Grace in the midst of war?, Part 11 of 12

(Continued from Part 10) 11. Grace: transcending transcendent responsibility Bell is frozen in awe as he looks at Witt. Bell has seen through the world of appearances and perceived a great goodness which he had never before noticed – not … Continue reading

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The Thin Red Line: Grace in the midst of war?, Part 10 of 12

(Continued from Part 9) 10. Levinasian responsibility and the military ethic When Colonel Tall relieves Capt. Staros of his command after the first battle, he puts Lt. Band in charge of Charlie Company. Band is no leader. This lack of … Continue reading

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The Thin Red Line: Grace in the midst of war?, Part 9 of 12

(Continued from Part 8) 9. Leadership from virtue Witt does not try to make the transcendent manifest (in the sense of more apparent) so much as he tries to effect the transcendent in the world. Dedicated as he is to … Continue reading

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The Thin Red Line: Grace in the midst of war?, Part 8 of 12

(Continued from Part 7) 8. Witt and fear in the face of the other When Witt is in the brig after having been returned from his life among the Melanesians, Welsh tells him, “Normally you’d be court-martialed. But I worked … Continue reading

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The Thin Red Line: Grace in the midst of war?, Part 7 of 12

(Continued from Part 6) 7. Perception and unexpectedness Of course, neither a sense of responsibility nor any act done in service to a responsibility is necessarily a matter or a manifestation of the transcendent. Responsibility can be a product of … Continue reading

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