This is a brilliant article from Jennie Pollock.
We have arrived at this position by our own volition. We sought the freedom to live according to our own, permissive, moral code, and are discovering that violating – or being perceived as having violated – the ever-shifting rules carries consequences as harsh as any we may read about in history.
And what those ancient societies had, that we threw out with the bathwater, was the opportunity for redemption.
Plus some gold from Emma Scrivener:
I’m not built for hardship. I sweat the small stuff. I’m weak, scared of everything and easily overwhelmed. How am I supposed to deal with real pain, when a missed appointment stresses me out? On so many levels, I’ve never known it. Never faced a firing squad; never been persecuted for my faith. I’ve got a higher standard of living than my parents ever dreamed of; I’m living the dream.
And yet – sometimes it feels hard. There are battles – both in the home and outside. Battles in relationships. Battles to master my thoughts; battles to speak truth to my heart. They’re not front-page headlines. They’re not shipwrecks or beatings. But they’re there – whether I acknowledge them or not.
What did he really think? Well in his own words:
I am fascinated by Spinoza’s Pantheism. I admire even more his contributions to modern thought. Spinoza is the greatest of modern philosophers, because he is the first philosopher who deals with the soul and the body as one, not as two separate things.
We only have the first one, Settlers of Catan, has anyone tried and tested the others on this list?
Off the shelves: Four things that happen when we pray
What difference does praying make in the life of the one who prays? Here are four effects to prayer.