The brilliant theologian David Bentley Hart once told me that, “Conservatism of every kind is a fraud.” Now to be fair, Mr. Hart can, at times, be hyperbolic towards those he disagrees with. So when he said it I assumed his comment was just another example of an exaggerated response, but as I’ve watched him … Continue reading A Trustworthy Guide
Can you imagine yourself enjoying perfect happiness and bliss in heaven if you knew that a beloved spouse, child, or friend was suffering everlasting torment in hell?
In his wonderful parable The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis presents an interaction between an inhabitant of hell, the melodramatic Tragedian, and his redeemed and loving wife, the Lady (chap. XIII). The Tragedian tries various ways to evoke pity in his wife; but she steadfastly resists. She will not be held hostage to the unhappiness of her husband.
“Stop it. Stop it at once,” she commands him.
“Stop what?” he replies.
“Using pity, other people’s pity, in the wrong way. We have all done it a bit on earth, you know. Pity was meant to be a spur that drives joy to help misery. But it can be used the wrong way round. It can be used for a kind of blackmailing…
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This post is a reaction to the response by Mr. Aitken, published in the Tribune Star January 9th, to my comments on the Terre Haute Police Department’s recent acquisition of a Bearcat, Armored Emergency Response Vehicle. First, I want to thank Mr. Aitkin for taking the time to read my comments and provide a thoughtful … Continue reading Response to Mr. Aitken