laying down lines towards the unexplored country

Charlotte Mason: "Just as it is on the whole easier for the locomotive to pursue its way on the rails than to take a disastrous run off them, so it is easier for the child to follow lines of habit carefully laid down than to run off these lines at his peril. It follows that... Continue Reading →


A great nation of righteous laws

Christopher Wright, in the New Bible Commentary, on the 19th chapter of Leviticus: The chapter is remarkable for its breadth and depth of moral insight. It touches on the thoughts of the heart and the actions of the body, private and public behavior, and almost every major area of social life in a community. The... Continue Reading →

In the beginning was the law?

John Sailhamer, in The Meaning of the Pentateuch (155): How different the Pentateuch would be if it began with the statement "In the beginning God gave Moses the law" rather than "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

Guilt of infinite extensibility

Wilfred McClay, writing in a First Things article, "The Moral Economy of Guilt": "There is another factor at work too, one that may be called the infinite extensibility of guilt. a surprising by-product of modernity's proudest product: its ever growing capacity to comprehend and control the physical world. In a world in which the... Continue Reading →

Thou…need’st not strive

The Latest Decalogue by A. H. Clough: Thou shalt have one God only; who Would be at the expense of two? No graven images may be Worshipp'd except the currency: Swear not at all; since, for they curse Thine enemy is none the worse: At church on Sunday to attend Will serve to keep the... Continue Reading →

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