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
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
In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that--and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison--you do not know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and of course, as long as you are looking down, you … Continue reading Do you Know God? Here’s a test.
Chapter three of Chesterton's Orthodoxy was a chapter I weathered more than enjoyed. In it Chesterton reviews the philosophical thought of his times, citing such men as Nietzsche, Tolstoy, and Shaw and others less well known. Always one to blast an opponent with generosity and humor he cites Mr. Bernard Shaw as typifying his times in … Continue reading The Suicide of Thought–Chesterton
If you are looking for my latest thoughts on Jayber Crow discussing Chapters 27-29 please go here. Today I wanted to post an excerpt from a poem by Wendell Berry on his opinion regarding theology, as some of us at Michele's place have been wondering how to pin down Berry's beliefs as they seep into … Continue reading The theology behind Jayber
I’ve just started reading a Puritan Classic by John Owen, Overcoming Sin and Temptation—by invitation of a pastor blogger who hosts regular reading projects. The idea is to read a chapter a week, then to join together in discussing it on Thursdays via the “Comments” section of his blog. I’ve not done this before and … Continue reading Of the Mortification of Sin
“True goodness flows from a change of heart and from the outflow of love, not from the threat of punishment. That truth, by the way, is why even the horror of hell is more the outcome of a heart that seeks to disown God and play God and live eternally with those who do the … Continue reading Two kinds of people