Monday, December 31, 2007

Credo ut Intelligam

Credo ut intelligam - Latin for, I believe in order that I might understand. Per Saint Augustine, Crede ut intelligas, believe in order that you may understand.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Augustine Quote

"It is very easy to execrate the flesh, but very difficult not to be carnally minded" (Augustine Of True Religion Pg. 36).

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Spurgeon Quote

"Beter break your leg than your neck."

"Undoubtedly the one is a sad accident, but to lose life itself is worse. In all matters prefer the less evil to the greater, and solace yourself under any ill with the reflection that it might be worse. The wicked old woman when she lost her old man said, 'Well, it might have been worse. The cow might have died' (Spurgeon Salt Cellars Bk, I Pg. 75)."

Monday, December 17, 2007

"Merry Christmas" and Political Correctness

Political correctness once alarmed me. Now it is just either sad or humorous in that it has gotten so ridiculous. A lady at a restaurant sent me off with a "happy holidays" at which I replied "merry Christmas." She was thrilled and responded "merry Christmas!" She said that they were not allowed to say merry Christmas unless it is first said to them because they might offend someone. This goes to show though that this is not really what people want. We have yielded our senses to absurdity.
(Isn't interesting to observe how the very name of Christ is offensive.) I will not ever conform to political correctness! Since when do we allow the minority to control the majority anyhow? I am afraid that political correctness is going to have to run its course until we get so fed up with it that we put a stop to it. I'm sure it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better. But I am confident that eventually it will fall under its own weight. Or sane people will eventually say, "enough is enough already!"
If I say merry Christmas to you and it offends you, I am truly sorry, in more ways than one. But it is offensive to Christians to be made to feel as if we are not allowed to celebrate Christmas as is our culture, our heritage, and religious right. So here is a big Merry Christmas to you!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Example of Ambiguity

Often I am asked where my boys get the red hair. My reply is that their grand parents had red hair on one side. Herein lies the ambiguity in that it could be taken to mean that the grand parent only had red hair on one side of the head!
When I come across such examples I will share them for those of you that are into philosophy.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Augustine Quote

"Repudiating all who do not carry philosophy into religious observance or philosophize in a religious spirit..." (Augustine Of True Religion Pg. 13).

Does the great patriarch of philosophy and theology contradict himself in light of the previous quote by him? Absolutely not! There is a philosophy that is after the tradition of men and a philosophy which is after Christ. The nature of the former sort of philosophy is nothing more than the wild imaginations of man about God. Such devices, though usually very popular, are nothing more than inaccurate, corrupt, portrayals of God. The latter form of philosophy, that which is after Christ, aims at seeing the world, understanding theology, and pursuing religion through a right kind of philosophy. This philosophy is true to God and his word, reflecting that image of God that still remains in us, an image not being so corrupted as to lead us down the path of the speculations of man, but so leads us in all matters of truth. All good theologians are philosophers and all good philosophers are theologians. One without the other only leaves a half witted man.