"We have a kind of inalienable right to grasp the world, and use the world, and
control the world. Well, scripture is not like that. It's about knowledge that
grasps you. You don't grasp it. It's about a knowledge that is thick and
multivalent and polyphonic. And it's that kind of knowing that I find the
modern university often ill at ease with, because modernity by its nature tends
to be reductionistic, simplistic, narrow . . ."