“Some people have an instinctive itch of irritation against the word ‘authority.’ Either they suppose that authority is a pompous name for mere bullying, or else, at the best, they think that mere bullying is an excess of authority. Tyranny is the opposite of authority. For authority simply means right; and nothing is authoritative except what somebody has a right to do, and therefore is right in doing. It often happens in this imperfect world that he has the right to do it and not the power to do it. But he cannot have a shred of authority if he merely has the power to do it and not the right to do it…. To abuse authority is to attack authority. A policeman is no longer a policeman when he is bribed privately to arrest an innocent man; he is a private criminal. He is not exaggerating authority; he is reducing it to nothing.”
—From the essay, “True and False Comparisons”
This essay can be found in the newly released Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton Vol. 37, available here: http://goo.gl/pvJyC
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Ignorance is dangerous, but knowledge without responsibility is more dangerous. - Bruce B. Clark
“The Last Supper is what transforms Jesus’ execution into a sacrifice.”
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“Faith has degenerated into the confident belief in certain facts, and a poverty-stricken hope for the next world” – Moltmann
Today Christmas has become a commercial celebration, whose bright lights hide the mystery of God’s humility, which in turn calls us to humility and simplicity. Let us ask the Lord to help us see through the superficial glitter of this season, and to discover behind it the child in the stable in Bethlehem, so as to find true joy and true light
Here – thought this was the best way to say why Christians need to study all sorts of things -
The first point that meets us in investigating biblical wisdom is that it is teleological. Wisdom for its own sake is unknown. Biblical wisdom is a harnessed force, a tool fittingly designed for a particular application. (51)
“A thatched roof once covered free men; under marble and gold dwells slavery” – Seneca, Epistle 90 (The Part Played by Philosophy in the Progress of Man)
If God created through evolution, God still created, and the end product is still human beings with the ability to worship, ponder, love, create, and blog, among other things. But once you deny the truthfulness of God, the ability of the Creator to be known via what has been created, you have done serious damage to the heart of Christianity and the teaching of Scripture.
No doubt I have my favorite bloggers, and this is one of the reasons why James McGrath is one of those…
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