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At fifteen I found myself looking at a tree against the sky and being filled up with something bigger than I could contain. It was a sensation that demanded to be poured into something. The best label I could find for the emotion was "gratitude": Gratitude for the world I had not made, but had been given.


Professor Gordon delivered the Lecture to the IP and Religious Thought Roundtable at University of St. Thomas Law School on September 11, 2009.



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