Read the essay, it’s on the mark.
This book explores the life, thought and political commitments of the free-thinker John Toland (1670-1722). Studying both his private archive and published works, it illustrates how Toland moved in both subversive and elite political circles in England and abroad. It explores the connections between his republican political thought and his irreligious belief about Christian doctrine, the ecclesiastical establishment and divine revelation, arguing that far from being a marginal and insignificant figure, Toland counted queens, princes and government ministers as his friends and political associates.
In particular his intimate relationship with the Electress Sophia of Hanover saw him act as a court philosopher, but also as a powerful publicist for the Hanoverian succession. The book argues that Toland shaped the republican tradition after the Glorious Revolution into a practical and politically viable programme, focused not on destroying the monarchy, but on reforming public religion and the Church of England.
The book also examines how Toland used his social intimacy with a wide circle of men and women (ranging from Prince Eugene of Savoy to Robert Harley) to distribute his ideas in private. It explores the connections between Toland’s erudition and print culture, arguing that his intellectual project was aimed at compromising the authority of Christian ‘knowledge’ as much as the political power of the Church.
Overall the book illustrates how Toland’s ideas and influence impacted upon English political life between the 1690s and the 1720s. It forms an excellent study on a fascinating character in early modern history, scholars and enthusiasts of the period will find it extremely valuable.
Universities are becoming seminaries for the formation for the high priesthood of capitalism. – Massimo Faggioli
Forget all that tiresome and outdated biblical stuff like ‘go into all the world and make disciples’. That’s too hard and people just aren’t interested in that. Instead of going deep, go as shallow as you can and get those butts in seats, because that’s what it’s all about…
Thom can teach you the latest marketing manipulations to get you a gusher of guests… (what a word to choose)… Although the Bible never tells us to make ‘guests’, but disciples.
Ἔτι αὐτοῦ λαλοῦντος τοῖς ὄχλοις, ἰδοὺ ἡ μήτηρ καὶ οἱ ἀδελφοὶ αὐτοῦ εἱστήκεισαν ἔξω, ζητοῦντες αὐτῷ λαλῆσαι. (Matt. 12:46)
The usual response from my Catholic friends is ‘well brother can mean cousin’. Well if that’s so, then can’t ‘mother’ mean anything but mother? If we’re going to claim that it was Jesus’s step brothers or cousins who came to take him home, then by all rights we have to talk about his step mother too….
Free from Logos now so get it while you can. Sure, it’s Bonhoeffer. But who knows, he may say something useful this time! And if not, you didn’t spend anything on it!!!!
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church–
“Deliberate hatred is contrary to charity. Hatred of the neighbor is a sin when one deliberately wishes him evil. Hatred of the neighbor is a grave sin when one deliberately desires him grave harm.”
Not that kind of starvation- the starvation that comes when worship, prayer, scripture reading, and ministry are either wholly ignored or only occasionally enjoyed.
There’s a famine in the land- but one of our own making and it has resulted in the spiritual emaciation of the vast majority of Christians in this country. It’s why so many are powerless, weak, and incapable of the smallest spiritual victory.
And worst of all, most Christians know they are spiritually malnourished and they simply do not care. They’re starving their souls to death, and it does not matter to them.
It’s sad. But at the end, unsurprising, since none less than Amos spoke about this very sort of famine in the 8th century BC-
The days are coming- declares the Lord Yahweh- when I shall send a famine on the country, not hunger for food, not thirst for water, but famine for hearing Yahweh’s word. People will stagger from sea to sea, will wander from the north to the east, searching for Yahweh’s word, but will not find it. ‘That Day, fine girls and stalwart youths will faint from thirst. (Amos 8:11-13)
Those days have come, not because God has sent it but because Christians have made it happen themselves. We are reaping what we have sown.