An annual symptom of our lunatic condition

C. S. Lewis wrote that there are three things that go around by the name "Christmas". The first is a religious festival, important to Christians and not really to anyone else. The second is a popular holiday, a time of hospitality and general merry-making. The third is, in Lewis' words, "a commercial racket", which he... Continue Reading →

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more than thin air and thoughts

Eric Metaxas, in Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, on Bonhoeffer's instruction to his students while a lecturer in theology ┬áin 1932-33: "Bonhoeffer was not interested in intellectual abstraction. Theology must lead to the practical aspects of how to live as a Christian. Karding was surprised when Bonhoeffer asked his students whether they sang Christmas carols.... Continue Reading →

The likeness re-drawn

Athanasius in "On the Incarnation", roughly 376 A.D.: You know what happens when a portrait that has been painted on a panel becomes obliterated through external stains? The artist does not throw away the panel, but the subject of the portrait has to come and sit for it again, and then the likeness is re-drawn... Continue Reading →

One might think they believed

In 1933, the US Ambassador to Germany was William Dodd. Adolf Hitler was the newly appointed chancellor and the Nazi party was ascendant. In Erik Larson's book "In the Garden of Beasts", he describes the growing climate of violence, fear and oppression in Germany at this time, even as life continued in many ways unchanged.... Continue Reading →

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