Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thoughts on Orthodoxy: Progress

I am currently one-hundred-and-two pages into G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy, a book that has long been on my reading list and remained unread. Thanks to Allison, I am finally getting the chance to read it. Frankly, I love his writing. It reminds me of the logic of C.S. Lewis's writing with a twist of the fantastical side of George MacDonald. Yesterday as I was taking my half-hour break between teaching, I sat down to read, and stumbled upon this quote:
"Now here comes in the whole collapse and huge blunder of our age. We have mixed up two different things, two opposite things. Progress should mean that we are always changing the world to suit the vision. Progress does mean (just now) that we are always changing the vision. It should mean that we are slow but sure in bringing justice and mercy among men: it does mean that we are very swift in doubting the desirability of justice and mercy: a wild page from any Prussian sophist makes men doubt it. Progress should mean that we are always walking towards the New Jerusalem. It does mean that the New Jerusalem is always walking away from us. We are not altering the real to suit the ideal. We are altering the ideal: it is easier."  [G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy]

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Colossians

     The book of Colossians is full of comparisons: once you were _______, but now, in Christ, you are _____. As I was reading through it in May, I took the time to write down some of the contrasts I found. Equally true and applicable are his challenges: put off ____, that you may put on ______. They are beautiful reminders of the power of the Gospel: once we were lost, but now we are found! And so by the power of Christ we can put off our body of flesh and put on the life of Christ. May these reminders be a blessing to you wherever you are, whatever you are doing.

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