Friday, 16 May 2014


'Ruthie and I were both practicing Christians, yet we were utterly different in our approaches to God. Ruthie didn't have much of a theology. That's not how her mind worked. She believed that God existed and that He loved her. She believed Jesus Christ was His son and died for humanity's sins. She believed the Bible and, that whatever happened to her, that God was in it, and that He would never abandon her. That was the sum total of Ruthie Leming's theology. 
And yet Ruthie, in her simplicity, was an extraordinarily accomplished theologian - if, that is, a theologian is not one who knows about God, but one who knows God. The ordinary Christianity she lived out she lived out among her family, her neighbors, her students, and all who came into her life, made her a Christian soldier and me an armchair Christian theoretician.' 
Rod Dreher, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life, p.207.