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
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!
Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is a democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. p.64-5 In a generation that is quick to suspect (and scorn) all that is 'old-school', Chesterton's … Continue reading Orthodoxy: The Ethics of Elfland
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
"Complete self-confidence is not merely a sin; complete self-confidence is a weakness. Believing utterly in one's self is a hysterical and superstitious belief like believing in Joanna Southcote." --G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, p.10 [Southcote was a self-proclaimed but deluded prophetess in late eighteenth century England]. When asked by a publisher friend: "Well, if a man is … Continue reading G.K. on “The Sin of Self-Confidence”