The question came to me some time ago, but the answer pended and so the question remained. Until I arrived in Germany, I had not the appropriate time to devote the necessary thought. Now I have.
The concept of faith has caused me much grief for quite some time. In fact, it took my wondering about it for nearly a year for me to first peg my pain. When I did, I found that it was by my own misunderstanding that I was cut so deep, and that the misunderstanding was so rudimentary that it existed in the very definition of faith itself. (more…)
We Christians are famous for our analogies. Sometimes we’ll describe faith with a chair or peace with a river; sometimes we’ll liken impulses to a piano or the Church to a body. While analogies are fun, both to make and to ponder, the value we place in our analogies really amounts to their use in helping us understand our world and our God.
Society’s limit on achievement is the glass ceiling that gives a resting point for those who fail to have their achievements defined by others.
This fall marks the beginning of my fifteenth year in academia. In all these, a relatively few number of topics have really gathered me – one being the ‘separation of church and state.’ Although crowds have both supported and defied the concept of removing spirituality from government and other public institutions for centuries, explicit policy didn’t formally arise on any mentionable scale until the 18th century. In fact, for much of our Anno Domini history, the two were interwoven (think monarchs).