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Cultivating a more human method for securing and assenting to truth is the solution to our present “epistemological crisis,” not only for Christians in need of more sure belief, but also for the work of evangelization and salvation.
Ultimately, The Benediction Option may serve a primarily therapeutic role, reassuring readers, primarily conservative Christians, that they are part of the in-group that fully recognizes the bankruptcy of the secular world, all the while having little practical impact.
Nietzsche himself gives us the reminder of our calling, when he scoffs at Christians because they await the coming of the Kingdom of God and “live in ‘faith,’ in ‘love,’ in ‘hope.’” May this faithful, loving, and hopeful awaiting the Kingdom be the source of our strength through this Lenten season and beyond.
Crucifixion is asphyxiation. As you hang on a cross, the position requires you to constantly pull yourself upwards. Your chest and diaphragm are required to open up each time you breath. Jesus’s whole body was in agony. But just to catch his breath, He had to push His feet up (where a nail pierced His ankles), extend His torso upwards (where splinters pulled away at His raw skin), and flex up His shoulders (one of which was likely separated), while His hands, pierced too, pulled against His effort. In short, each breath was agony.
In a Polish Parish in the Little Village neighborhood, I began my life as a Catholic in the late 1950s. …
It is this crucial aspect of self-mastery or self-rule which merits further examination – a man or woman who gives into excesses of the senses, of certain bodily pleasures, is a person who has not mastered the self, and who, therefore, is incapable constitutionally of inspiring order and self-rule in others.
An essential characteristic of art is that it can elicit such different responses and emotions from those it touches.
“God’s wisdom, mysterious, hidden, which God predetermined before the ages for our glory, and which none of the rulers of this age knew; for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Though it may seem odd to take up the candlelight procession of a different ethnicity or the prayer of a foreign community, by doing so we tap into a rich tapestry of souls who have come before us and keep their intentions preserved.