Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Evangelicals, by my observation, thrive on fear of impending catastrophe, accelerating decay, apocalyptic crises that demand immediate action (and maybe money). All of that can be energizing and mobilizing. The problem is, it also often distorts, misrepresents, or falsifies what actually happens to be true about reality. And to sacrifice what is actually true for the sake of immediate attention and action is plain wrong.

Christian Smith. Evangelicals Behaving Badly with Statistics. Christianity

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

When a conflict arises between those who do not have an absolute standard, the conflict is resolved on the basis of who has the most strength. In other words, might makes right. The loser can dislike what has happened, but they cannot consistently object to it. This is because his personal preference has no authority over the personal preference of his opponent.
Douglas Wilson. Persuasions.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Worldly people, you see, use far more wisdom about their trifling affairs than unworldly people do about the affairs of God. They give their minds to what they are doing. And I say to you, Learn from them.
Jesus speaking in THE MAN BORN TO BE KING. Dorothy Sayers.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

That is what happens to those who pluck and eat fruits at the wrong time and in the wrong way. The fruit is good, but they loathe it ever afterward.


Thursday, January 11, 2007

Poetry is not the language of objective explanation but the language of imagination. It makes an image of reality in such a way as to invite our participation in it. We do not have more information after we read a poem; we have more experience. It is not "an examination of what happens but an immersion in what happens."
Eugene Peterson. REVERSED THUNDER.