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Jun. 19, 2012, at 4:58pm
Again, as indicated in the previous post Population Problems (even in the Islamic World), sometimes I come away from reading “the news” with the vague impression that the western world is overwhelmed with problems relating to drugs, sex, a pleasure-centered lifestyle, and a loss of religious faith while the Islamic world is filled with individuals ready to sacrifice their lives for the cause of Allah and to rid the world of these profligate western excesses. However, as in the previous discussion, such impressions do not tell the underlying story.
David Goldman, in his recent book How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam is Dying Too), offers disturbing evidence that “[t]he underside of …continue reading
Probably I got it from him and forgot. :)
Dec. 21 at 9:59pm | See in context
You and Newman think alike. (I knew it!) He notes the same contrast in his university sermon on doctrinal development. Mary, he writes,
is our pattern of Faith, both in the reception and in the study of Divine Truth. She does not think it enough to accept, she dwells upon it; not enough to possess, she uses it; not enough to assent, she developes it; not enough to submit the Reason, she reasons upon it; not indeed reasoning first, and believing afterwards, with Zacharias, yet first believing without reasoning, next from love and reverence, reasoning after believing.
Dec. 21 at 9:52pm | See in context
Very insightful, Devra! I love all the quotes included and I do think we work harder to be "of good cheer" at this dark and cold time of year. Good to be reminded that "still there is much that is fair" in spite of all the bad news and gloomy headlines.
Dec. 16 at 6:29am | See in context
Yes, it's so nice to have "objective" evidence for the skeptical. I have nothing but respect for teachers who manage to give personal attention to many students. We do our homeschooling with a large amount of delegation and keeping a close eye on our own objectivity, but assessing where the kids are has certainly not been a problem!
Dec. 15 at 12:37pm | See in context
My husband and I read this together and it was excellent! We often run into objections regarding homeschooling and the false impression that homeschoollers are incapable to assess their own students or even teach them properly, confronting questions like "How can you know they learn what they are supposed to learn?" Now, we can say our daughter graduated from a university cum laude while our other children are on the dean's list. Shut my mouth!! (Or rather "their"mouths!!)
Al and Deb
Dec. 12 at 10:13am | See in context
A qualification on my point in response to Rhett:
I don't want to seem to say that we always have to fight for our rights, when those rights are being trampled by someone else. Sometimes, abandoning our rights can be a sacrifice of love, as Jesus did in allowing himself to be crucified.
I only want to say that sometimes the moral call of the moment is to stand on our rights or defend our boundaries—in one way or another to refuse to cooperate with our own illegitimate subordination.
This is especially true for people who have a habit of being too passive or slavish.
Dec. 8 at 11:43am | See in context
something to ponder - thanks, Katie!
Dec. 8 at 7:10am | See in context
I think it's important to keep the context of that verse in mind. The preceding verses indicate that what outrages St. Paul is not so much that Christians have disputes with each other, but that they are resorting to the "ungodly" Roman courts to settle them. Better to be cheated than to bring your complaint to a corrupt secular court.
If disputes arise (which is regretable in itself), Paul says, "appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?"
He is reprimanding the Corinthians for their corruption and their wordly-mindedness. He is not prohibiting them from standing up for their rights. He himself stands on his rights as a Roman citizen when he's arrested.
Dec. 7 at 6:31pm | See in context
Katie, I agree with you but think that a Christian has to add another perspective from St Paul: 1 Corinthians 6:7 :
Now indeed [then] it is, in any case, a failure on your part that you have lawsuits against one another. Why not rather put up with injustice? Why not rather let yourselves be cheated?
I do not know how to reconcile the imperitive to stand up for our rights on the one hand and Paul's injunctive on the other. Perhaps the reconciliation is found in DvH's analysis of mercy where he points out that before being merciful it's necessary to ask whether mercy in this situation will actually be morally harmful to the "culprit".
Dec. 7 at 5:29pm | See in context
Thank you for your reply regarding St. Francis' father. It would be such a beautiful story if he had changed during his life and been responsive to the wonderful workings of God.
"We can hope he was saved in the end though, even if like a man escaping from a burning house. God's mercy is big enough."
With all my heart, I hope that is what happened. Father in Heaven's love is so infinite. I remember reading once that St. Therese of the Child Jesus loved to collect the tears of Jesus and offer them with tender love as precious pearls for souls. May the tears of all victims be gathered and offered to our Father in Heaven for their own healing and for the conversion of those who have abused.
Nov. 29 at 11:46am | See in context
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