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Who sanctions this search
for a systematic theology? Christ, 

who talked in parables? Only God
could reconcile the strains of these 

scholastic gymnastics, and knowing faith to be
more powerful than certainty 

he chooses to do something else instead. Just as
his image persists within our sinfulness 

so truth inhabits our ambiguous language,
truth that is not the whole truth, 

and rarely nothing but the truth,
that in a fallen world can only be displayed 

in an imperfect medium, and in its revelation
puts dogma on the rack, where it belongs.