On Writing: 13 Theses

This is too good not to share. Benjamin Myers is a aussie-theologian (a Jesus-mate if you will). He has put into words what all theological writers know and feel. We beat out chests and cry ‘have mercy me on me, a sinner’ in light of these oppressive, yet necessary theses. If you understand these theses, and they almost make you cry, then you are like me. Number 10 crushed me.

To whet your appetite (but please, go see them all):

10. Writing and truth. The purpose of writing, says Wendell Berry, is ‘to keep our language capable of telling the truth’. All the daily problems, obstacles, and difficulties of writing – even the most pedantic labours over syntax and punctuation – are reducible to the problem of truth. All writing is lying, as Samuel Beckett often observed. But writers want to lie their way into the truth, to vaccinate themselves against falsehood by injecting it right into the bloodstream. The real business of writing is the identification of difficulties, problems, and falsehoods. This is why suicide is especially prevalent among writers: problem-detection is a disheartening line of work. Like a sad clown forced to go on smiling, the writer continues using words even in face of the immense unspoken sadness of truth.

On writing: Thirteen Theses by Benjamin Meyers

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