Pious gloss

“Creatures . . . are entirely and utterly dependent upon the Creator. To suggest that creatures might desire God ‘indifferently’ is to suggest that they can desire God without need. But creatures are nothing but need, nothing but what we have received. Pious as it sounds to ‘desire God for God’s sake,’ it is utterly pagan and simply a pious gloss on the Satanic temptation to be as God.” (Peter J. Leithart, Deep Comedy: Trinity, Tragedy, and Hope in Western Literature, p. 32)

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