It may happen to any of us at any moment. In the twinkling of an eye, in a time too small to be measured, and in any place, all that seems to divide us from God can flee away, vanish, leaving us naked before Him, like the first man, like the only man as if … Continue reading The Business of Life
LIVING WITH A WILD GOD: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything by Barbara Ehrenreich, 2014 Having grown up to affirm the Christian faith I was introduced to as a child, I am naturally curious to hear others' stories of coming to faith or of rejecting faith. I'm interested especially in how their childhood … Continue reading Living with a Wild God–Ehrenreich
I'm reading Alain de Botton's book How Proust Can Change your Life, because it seemed a quicker way to discover the best bits of Proust's In Search of Lost Time than taking that great slow-moving volume down from my bookshelf and spending time with it... In the chapter entitled How to be a Good Friend De Botton describes … Continue reading On the limitations of conversation
...the so-called 'real world' will not discourage you from operating on your default settings, because the so-called 'real world' of men and money and power hums along quite nicely on the fuel of fear and contempt and frustration and craving and the worship of self. Our own present culture has harnessed these forces in ways … Continue reading That is Real Freedom
“God’s true love, the highest divine love, is not mainly God making much of us, but giving the highest price imaginable in his Son to free us from our bondage to joy-destroying self so that we can enjoy making much of him forever.” --John Piper In this was manifested the love of God toward us, … Continue reading Loved with an astounding love!
The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove. --Samuel Johnson, as quoted in The Seven Habits of … Continue reading The Fountain of Contentment
In Orthodoxy Chesterton has charted for us his 'own growth in spiritual certainty'. In this final chapter he gives assurance that this path was firmly based on rational considerations, which at first fly in the face of the rationalist's 'reasons', but on a closer look are really quite reasonable. But the best bit of reading Chesterton, … Continue reading Orthodoxy Concluded!
All modern philosophies are chains which connect and fetter; Christianity is a sword which separates and sets free. No other philosophy makes God actually rejoice in the separation of the universe into living souls. p.200 Chesterton was a brilliant philosophiser with a quirky way of saying things. His witty remarks redeem for me the hard … Continue reading The Huge Synthesis of Humbug!
James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was shunned in its day (1916) for bringing the unpleasant and unseemly to print. It is a moody coming-of-age story that mirrors James Joyce's own life growing up in the shadow of the Irish Roman Catholic church and its schools. "a mosaic of jagged fragments that … Continue reading A Portrait of Faith Lost
Graham Green's book first flagged my attention because Terry Glaspey of Great Books of the Christian Tradition--And Other Books Which Have Shaped Our World lists it as one of his Top Ten Favorite Novels of all time. When I noted my own favorites--Anna Karenina and Les Miserables and The Brothers K (by James Duncan) also on … Continue reading The Power and the Glory!