Tom Howard on Wonder

October 5, 2009

This was recorded at the 2009 Rochester Chesterton Society Conference.

As we grow older, we lose our grasp on a sense of wonder in the world.
Wonder is modulated by time and repetition, but there are three cases
unaffected by time: youth, art and eternity, and it is by studying
these three cases where we may reawaken our sense of wonder.

GK Chesterton, CS Lewis and others have commented on how wonder works
in our lives. CS Lewis, for example, writes that angels cannot truly
grasp the wonder in such simple acts as breathing, since they lack a
corporeal form. There are many things for men to wonder at in the
world, if we would only take the time.

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