Monday, August 31, 2015

Wendell Berry quotes

We are now living in a sexual atmosphere so polluted and embittered that women must look on virtually any man as an assailant, and a man must look on virtually any women as a potential accuser.  The idea that this situation can be corrected by the courts and the police only compounds the disorder and the danger.  And in the midst of this acid rainfall of predation and recrimination, we presume to teach our young people that sex can be made ‘safe’ - by the use, inevitably, of purchased drugs and devices.  What a lie!  Sex was never safe and it is less safe now than it has ever been…

What we are actually teaching the young is an illusion of thoughtless freedom and purchasable safety, which encourages them to tamper prematurely, disrespectfully , and dangerously with a great power.  Just as the public economy encourages people to spend money and waste the world, so the public sexual code encourages people to be spendthrifts and squanderers of sex…

In sex, as in other things, we have liberated fantasy but killed imagination, and so we have sealed ourselves in selfishness and loneliness.  Fantasy is of the solitary self, and it cannot lead us away from ourselves.  It is by imagination that we cross over the differences between ourselves and other beings and thus learn compassion, forbearance, mercy, forgiveness, sympathy and love - the virtues without which neither we nor the world can live…

- Wendell Berry,  Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community: Eight Essays

Thursday, August 06, 2015

History Repeats...

History repeats, it's cyclical they say. It repeats with the good and the ugly, the storms rise, calm and repeat.  Awful things like abuse, murder and wars continue despite our historical consciousness of how terrible they were and are, they become again and continue. We do them for many reasons, sometimes out of necessity some times for the greater good, there is always a reason to continue them.  In the olden times child sacrifice for example was something horrifically done to appease the gods, so that one would have a good life.  

This unimaginable, misguided, broken system was interrupted when God tells Abraham that He is NOT to kill Isaac his son.  The fact that He is asked to do it in the first place is NOT the issue or the point of the story, in fact it may have been somewhat ordinary to the culture of that time, gods were demanding child sacrifice all the time, then!  The significance is that God interrupts and triumphantly puts an end to it, and provides a lamb.  In this, foreshadowing the ultimate sacrifice by God-Himself, for us, to come.  The answer; was, is, and will be Jesus...

 Today we live in a new age of child sacrifice, we may not be doing it to appease the pagan god(s), but, but we are sacrificing children to the gods of selfishness.  We easily explain away life, personhood, humanity to satisfy the selfish and ignorant desires. We don't want anything... even life to disrupt, or get in the way of us enjoying our good life.  We don't want anything in the way of finding ourselves, or maybe we are waiting for a time to be more mature, seduced by a lie that - youth is all that matters.  So we don't want a child to get in the way of, our life,  so we sacrifice children (read abort) them for the good life.  

I know its not always this simple, I realize there are plenty of stories of rape and abuse and constant horrors that are forced on someone, and non of them are ok, and non of them should be explained away.  They are unjust, wrong, horrible, sad and broken.  But perpetuating one horror because of another is repeating history. The answer today; was, is and will be Jesus...  The one who was abused, scorned and broken, the one who weeps with us, but offers His life for us... so that we could have life, to the fullest... a life from death.

There Is No Pro-Life Case For Planned Parenthood, Read: 

Sunday, June 21, 2015


“Christianity has from its beginning portrayed itself as a gospel of peace, a way of reconciliation (with God, with other creatures), and a new model of human community, offering the 'peace which passes understanding' to a world enmeshed in sin and violence. ” David Bentley Hart

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Suffering, David Bentley Hart, Quote

"As for comfort, when we seek it, I can imagine none greater than the happy knowledge that when I see the death of a child I do not see the face of God, but the face of His enemy. It is not a faith that would necessarily satisfy Ivan Karamazov, but neither is it one that his arguments can defeat: for it has set us free from optimism, and taught us hope instead. We can rejoice that we are saved not through the immanent mechanisms of history and nature, but by grace; that God will not unite all of history’s many strands in one great synthesis, but will judge much of history false and damnable; that He will not simply reveal the sublime logic of fallen nature, but will strike off the fetters in which creation languishes; and that, rather than showing us how the tears of a small girl suffering in the dark were necessary for the building of the Kingdom, He will instead raise her up and wipe away all tears from her eyes”and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor any more pain, for the former things will have passed away, and He that sits upon the throne will say, “Behold, I make all things new.” 


-David B. Hart’s most recent book is Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015


“If I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible what was the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: 'Men had forgotten God; that is why all this has happened.' ” 

- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn