Friday, June 09, 2017

Latourette: moral and practical victory

Friday, June 9, 2017
    Feast of Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597
    Commemoration of Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Hymnographer, Teacher, 373
    Through [Jesus Christ] and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.
    —Romans 1:5 (NIV)
    More than any other religion or, indeed, than any other element in human experience, Christianity has made for the intellectual advance of man in reducing languages to writing, creating literatures, promoting education from primary grades through institutions of university level, and stimulating the human mind and spirit to fresh explorations into the unknown. It has been the largest single factor in combating, on a world-wide scale, such ancient foes of man as war, disease, famine, and the exploitation of one race by another. More than any other religion, it has made for the dignity of human personality. This it has done by a power inherent within it of lifting lives from selfishness, spiritual mediocrity, and moral defeat and disintegration, to unselfish achievement and contagious moral and spiritual power [and] by the high value which it set upon every human soul through the possibilities which it held out of endless growth in fellowship with th e eternal God.
    ... Kenneth Scott Latourette (1884-1968), Advance Through Storm, vol. VII of A history of the expansion of Christianity, London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1939-45, p. 480-481 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 1:5; 1 Cor. 1:9; Gal. 5:1; Phil. 3:10-11; 1 John 1:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, fill me with Your mercy.
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