Same-Sex Attraction and the Church: The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life. For far too long in this country it has seemed possible to enjoy both the Christian life and the American dream. Christians have conflated the way of Christ and the pursuit of happiness.
Your reason is now mature enough to examine this object. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
You will naturally examine first, the religion of your own country. Read the Bible, then as you would read Livy or Tacitus. The facts which are within the ordinary course of nature, you will believe on the authority of the writer, as you do those of the same kind in Livy and Tacitus.
The testimony of the writer weighs in their favor, in one scale, and their not being against the laws of nature, does not weigh against them. But those facts in the Bible which contradict the laws of nature, must be examined with more care, and under a variety of faces.
Here you must recur to the pretensions of the writer to inspiration from God. Examine upon what evidence his pretensions are founded, and whether that evidence is so strong, as that its falsehood would be more improbable than a change in the laws of nature, in the case he relates.
For example in the book of Joshua we are told the sun stood still several hours. But it is said that the writer of that book was inspired. Examine therefore candidly what evidence there is of his having been inspired. The pretension is entitled to your inquiry, because millions believe it.
You will next read the New Testament. It is the history of a personage called Jesus. Keep in your eye the opposite pretensions: Do not be frightened from this inquiry by any fear of its consequences.
If it ends in a belief that there is no God, you will find incitements to virtue in the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its exercise, and the love of others which it will procure you In fine, I repeat, you must lay aside all prejudice on both sides, and neither believe nor reject anything, because any other persons, or description of persons, have rejected or believed it I forgot to observe, when speaking of the New Testament, that you should read all the histories of Christ, as well of those whom a council of ecclesiastics have decided for us, to be Pseudo-evangelists, as those they named Evangelists.
Because these Pseudo-evangelists pretended to inspiration, as much as the others, and you are to judge their pretensions by your own reason, and not by the reason of those ecclesiastics. Most of these are lostSep 05, · Contradictions Of Life & Letting Things Go There are a lot of contradictions in life that most of us never realize.
Some of this stuff has its origin back in the law of attraction, that states. William Shakespeare in his play of Antony and Cleopatra has many suggestions on the topic of the attractions and contradictions of the political and erotic life, but also of the suggesting of a third kind of way of life that transcends the political and the erotic ones.
Attraction and Contradictions of Life Essay Words Oct 28th, 6 Pages William Shakespeare in his play of Antony and Cleopatra has many suggestions on the topic of the attractions and contradictions of the political and erotic life, but also of the suggesting of a third kind of way of life that transcends the political and the erotic ones.
The Contradiction of Life Veiled and Unveiled Source: D Sharon Pruitt The older I get the more aware I become of how my life, my way of being, is filled with contradictions. Years ago, I had success with the Law of Attraction in every area but my love life.
I read the books that I successfully manifested a specific person using the Law of Attraction for Love. Same-Sex Attraction and the Church: The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life.
Downer's Grove: Intervarsity Press, pages. $ For far too long in this country it has seemed possible to enjoy both the Christian life and the American dream.
Christians have conflated the way of Christ and the pursuit of happiness.