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through a glass darkly

through a glass darkly in Culture

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To see “through a glass” — a mirror — “darkly” is to have an obscure or imperfect vision of reality. The expression comes from the writings of the Apostle Paul; he explains that we do not now see clearly, but at the end of time, we will do so.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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