After that (not so) little bit I quoted this morningTaylor goes on to say:

Unfortunately, this all too often takes the form of our trying to invest our little parcel with eternal significance, and therefore divinising things, and therefore falling deeper into sin.

First of all upon reading that I thought of how Mary Magdalene didn’t want to let Jesus go. Talk about grabbing eternity and trying to squash it into the temporal. But not quite sin.

Then I remembered how Terry Eagleton had argued that there is something about evil that seeks to make itself last forever. There is something in its endless appetite for the annihilation of being that approaches the eternal. Eagleton, Augustine, they’re all the same to me.

Your Correspondent, Phoning it in