City of God, Book 14: Sin and God’s Purposes (or Sex without Lust)

Book Fourteen was interesting, awkward, and incredible. Augustine reminds the reader that God created mankind from one man for a reason (he could have created millions of humans on Day Six, but he didn't). In part, this was so "the human race should not merely be united in a society by natural likeness, but should … Continue reading City of God, Book 14: Sin and God’s Purposes (or Sex without Lust)

Christian, Don’t Use the Truth to Lie

The other day I caught Luke eating chips up in Caleb's room, in his bed no less (Caleb isn't home currently). I said, "Didn't I just hear your mom tell you not to eat chips upstairs?" In typical teenage fashion he replied, "Mom told me not to eat chips in my room. I'm in Caleb's … Continue reading Christian, Don’t Use the Truth to Lie

City of God, Book 11: God’s Good Creation

Book 11 starts Part II of Augustine's City of God. Here the author sets out to describe the origins and the ends of the two cities - the City of God and the earthly city. The City of God is a glorious, eternal City that cannot be shaken, founded on the love of God. Those … Continue reading City of God, Book 11: God’s Good Creation

Mike Pence’s Heresy & the New Cult of Caesar

I have watched zero percent of the RNC or DNC. I have better things to do than watch the pomp. But, I have watched some replays of some speeches from both sides, and read transcripts of a bit more. I do not post on [national] politics. I do post when politicians step into religion (like … Continue reading Mike Pence’s Heresy & the New Cult of Caesar

City of God, Book 10: Demon’s Pride

In Book Ten, Augustine continues pressing the Platonist to acknowledge their inconsistency, especially as it relates to the worship of gods/demons. The Platonist recognize that "the soul of man, though immortal and rational (or intellectual), cannot attain happiness except by participation in light of God, the creator of the soul and the whole world." And … Continue reading City of God, Book 10: Demon’s Pride