Incarnation: II. The Nature of Evidence

I asked, “Let us suppose, sir, that after you have left this sorry vale, you actually found yourself in heaven, standing before the Throne. There, in all his glory, sat the Lord—not Lord Russell, sir: God.” Russell winced. “What would you think?” “I would think I was dreaming.” “But suppose you realized you were not? Suppose that there, before your very eyes, beyond a shadow … Continue reading Incarnation: II. The Nature of Evidence

“Crime and Punishment” By Fyodor Dostoevsky

Perhaps because I read Crime and Punishment after Brothers Karamazov, that is, in the reverse chronological order in which Dostoevsky wrote them, I find the former psychologically more coherent, more relatable, than the latter, but philosophically less thought-provoking. It is almost as if Dostoevsky is working things out through his writings, and when one reads them in the reverse order, like reading the end of … Continue reading “Crime and Punishment” By Fyodor Dostoevsky

In Defense of Sola Scriptura

Background and Disclaimer Almost three years ago, I wrote a series of posts on John Calvin’s “Institutes of Christian Religion“, one of which critiqued the principle of sola scriptura. Ironically, a recent debate with a few Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians in an online forum helped me to appreciate Calvin’s position better than before. In the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, it is … Continue reading In Defense of Sola Scriptura

Sonnets: III. Love Constrains

Being your slave, what should I do but tend Upon the hours and times of your desire? I have no precious time at all to spend, Nor services to do, till you require. Nor dare I chide the world-without-end hour, Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you, Nor think the bitterness of absence sour, When you have bid your servant once adieu. Nor … Continue reading Sonnets: III. Love Constrains

Sonnets: II. Love Inspires

How can my Muse want subject to invent While thou dost breathe, that pour’st into my verse Thine own sweet argument, too excellent For every vulgar paper to rehearse? O, give thyself the thanks if aught in me Worthy perusal stand against thy sight, For who’s so dumb that cannot write to thee, When thou thyself dost give invention light? Be thou the tenth Muse, … Continue reading Sonnets: II. Love Inspires

Sonnets: Shakespeare The Psalmist

For the Down-and-Out When in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes I all alone beweep my outcast state, And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries, And look upon myself and curse my fate, Wishing me like to one more rich in hope, Featur’d like him, like him with friends possess’d, Desiring this man’s art, and that man’s scope, With what I most enjoy contented … Continue reading Sonnets: Shakespeare The Psalmist