Apothegms and Observations XLVII

  1. There are many who know nothing of love. There are some who say they love. There are a few who try to love. And there are a tiny fraction who actually love. Oh Father, heal us all.
  2. In hard situations, it is vital to ask yourself, “What does it mean to be a coward here?”
  3. Rational self-interest does not a community make.
  4. What does your community not allow you to think?
  5. We are all dogmatic.
  6. The wise Hannah Pilgrim said, “There are few true emergencies.”
  7. If you do not know your own dogmas, then do not mock those of others.
  8. It seems to me that as society has become more scientific, it has become less philosophical.
  9. There is a difference between being wise in speech and self-censoring.
  10. Are we addicted to higher education?
  11. To my generation: how shall we build the Church? Our time is approaching.
  12. I amend a previous statement. There are only two real objections to theism: the problem of evil, and the hiddenness of God. And both of these are major themes of Scripture.
  13. How does evil extremism develop?
  14. Have you felt settled sorrow?
  15. In what areas of life ought you to be more extremist?
  16. Truly, the virtuous person learns from their mistakes.
  17. How can we gain courage?
  18. What a blessing it is that food is more than nutrition!
  19. Which communities have you not yet learned from?
  20. I am more and more convinced that mockers are not wise. Who do you mock?
  21. Apologetics is when you take a criticism seriously, but don’t agree with it.
  22. What is the use of an idea that cannot withstand scrutiny?
  23. If we sacrificed merely 1% of our time to serve the poor, this would come out to about 7 hours per month.
  24. None are more lost than those who cannot hear a rebuke.
  25. A life without self-discipline is self-slavery.
  26. Love is simple for a nihilist, but it is also hollow. Love is complex for a Christian, but it changes lives.
  27. At the end of thinking is action.
  28. There is a Reformed Gnosticism that believes the work is done once we have thought the right things.
  29. What is money?

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