Saturday, November 14, 2009


From Jaroslav Pelikan:

"Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living."

HT to Songbird.


LutherPunk said...

That quote is misleading apart from its full contextual use.

“Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. Tradition lives in conversation with the past, while remembering where we are and when we are and that it is we who have to decide. Traditionalism supposes that nothing should ever be done for the first time, so all that is needed to solve any problem is to arrive at the supposedly unanimous testimony of this homogenized tradition.”

Jeff Nelson said...

I don't really see how the shorter quote is misleading. The full quote is helpful, but I read it as simply expounding on the shorter one.

Perhaps not everyone would get that the shorter one favors tradition over traditionalism, rather than demonizes both. But I was able to pick up on its meaning pretty easily, and that's why I posted it.