Friday, September 03, 2010

Mascall: nothing has changed

Friday, September 3, 2010
    Feast of Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher, 604
    See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
    —Colossians 2:8 (NIV)
    It has been a frequent trait in Christian theologians down the ages to commit themselves whole-heartedly to the fashionable philosophies of their day, while passing severe judgments on their predecessors for adopting precisely the same attitude.
    ... E. L. Mascall (1905-1993), The Secularization of Christianity, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1966, p. 103 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, block the fashions of culture with the teaching and prompting of Your Spirit.
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