The True Pleasure Dome

“Augustine exhorted us somewhere to love God and do as we please. This makes us nervous, and more than a little bit jumpy. Of course the protection resides in the first clause—loving God affects what will please us. Psalm 37:4 says that if we delight in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts. Taking delight in the Lord necessarily transforms what we consider delightful. Having said this, and having pointed to every necessary qualification, we cannot get away from the right hand of God and all the pleasures there (Ps. 16:11).”

The Cultural Mind, p. 189

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