Testimonies: The Stories of the Christian Life: Despair, Presumption, and Hope
"Despair, Presumption, and Hope" This second lecture explores the pitfalls of both memory and imagination, the constant temptations to assign false meanings to the stories of our lives: to discern unreasonably comforting narratives, or to write for oneself a false tragedy, or to fail to discern any narrative at all. We will conclude with a meditation on hope as, so to speak, the narrative virtue--the virtue that enables us to tell the right stories about our lives and to tell them wisely, for our benefit and that of our fellow Christians.
Jacobs, Alan, "Testimonies: The Stories of the Christian Life: Despair, Presumption, and Hope" (2006). Henry Stob Lectures. 45.