It is better to begin from one’s feeble state and end up strong, to progress from small things to larger, than to set your heart from the very first on the perfect way of life, then only to abandon it later – or to keep it solely out of habit, because of what others think – in which case all this labor will be in vain. It is the same with people who travel: if they tire themselves out on the very first day by rushing along, they will end up wasting many days as a result of sickness. But if they start out walking at a gentle pace until they are accustomed to walking, in the end they will not get tired, even though they walk great distances.
Admonition on Prayer
- Over at Mere Orthodoxy, Matthew Lee Anderson continues his followup responding to readers of The New Evangelical Scandal.
- First Things’ election summary is always of interest, and their latest particularly so: What Happened to the Values Voter?
- The Atlantic Monthly profiles the Archbishop of Canterbury. Read the analysis at GetReligion to see the good and the bad of it.
- An interesting survey concerns the beliefs of Americans about the end of the world – they are more optimistic than you might expect.
- John Stevens, a professor at East Carolina University, defends his Great Books program in this essay: Great Ideas Do Not Oppress.