grace was to be drunk neat…

I do not know much about Robert Farrar Capon, a full time American Episcopal parish priest, but I can tell from this quote I want to read more of what he has written:

The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellar full of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred proof grace–bottle after bottle of pure distillate of Scripture, one sip of which would convince anyone that God saves us singlehandedly. The word of the Gospel–after all those centuries of trying to lift yourself into heaven by worrying about the perfection of your bootstraps–suddenly turned out to be a flat announcement that the saved were home free before they started…Grace was to be drunk neat: no water, no ice, and certainly no ginger ale…

Robert Farrar Capon



3 Responses to “grace was to be drunk neat…”

  1. 1 Roxie
    February 12, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Ryan, Another WOW! I hope he has written a book, I would love to read more of that.

  2. 2 Searching
    February 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm


    My, what a colorful choice of metaphors this man used. He paints such a vivid picture of the glory found when one drops the human limitations on our concept of God and dares to indulge in the unbridled grace of Almighty God.

    I do so enjoy the unexpected jewels you seem to unearth in your quest to lead us all to bring glory to God!

    Thank you!

    Blessings and Soli Deo Gloria!

  3. 3 ryanjdavis
    April 16, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Hello, I stumbled across your blog through a Web search for “Robert Farrar Capon.” I have read Capon’s trilogy on the parables — Kingdom, Grace, Judgment (Eerdmans) — and can say that it is one of most thought-provoking and impressive books I’ve ever read. His treatment of the parables is very nonstandard but also very well argued (but definitely not stuffy).

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