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God, Shockingly Small

“I must go out into nature,” said Aaser, “If I am to find my God. He doesn’t submit to be shut up in a low, narrow church built by men.”

Paul thought it was rather nauseating to hear such things said. Besides, he had a vague suspicion that a God who submitted to confined in anything created, might just as well let himself be shut up in a church as in a universe. That he should prefer a big house to a little one was too human an idea. For this reason it was the thought of God in the sacrament that had first led him to surmise—maybe the Faith is not so impossible. If the Almighty voluntarily submits to be confined, then the Church’s explanation is the most reasonable one—he does it from love. But if God really cares for men so much that he desires to gain their love, he must make himself shockingly small—into an infant that a little girl can carry about on her arms, or a piece of bread that man can swallow.

—from The Burning Bush by Sigrid Undset, Book 1, Ch. 5


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