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Nothing New Under the Sun

That phrase comes from Ecclesiastes, where Solomon laments the sameness and repetition of life: it’s all been done before, and it will all be done again. It accompanies the idea of futility as well, where one wonders what purpose there is in continuing to discuss things that have been examined for ages.

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But it seems to me that the reason we keep going over the same ground is because things need to be repeated in the language of the day. The underlying principles of major issues such as religion and politics have to be relearned by each generation, spoken in their terms and illustrated by their experiences. As the saying goes, Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, so to keep the debates alive can help to prevent past mistakes--- but only if people care enough to listen.

Against that backdrop I am wondering today what else I can talk about here in my blog. I’ve covered many subjects over the years, focusing on the tough questions and confronting teachers who, either through malice or misunderstanding, have harmed many or brought disrepute on the faith. But I’ve written in the language of my generation, through the experiences and events of the last 40 years. Now we have micro thinking (I refer to the term microblogging, as in Twitter and Facebook). People seem uninterested in discussions of depth or import these days and won’t stick around to hear an argument longer than a paragraph. It isn’t necessarily wrong or the fault of individuals, it’s just the world we live in, and a world I don’t do well in.

So tell me, both of you who still stop by (am I right?), is there something I haven’t covered that you’d like to see here, something about the Christian faith? I have other blogs for news, social, and Bible study, just for my own amusement mostly, so other topics can be covered there if you’d like. If not, this blog will still stay open but I doubt I’ll be posting much in the future. It’s just that every time I consider responding to something I read elsewhere, I keep remembering that I’ve already covered that in the past.

The Bible must be the invention either of good men or angels, bad men or devils, or of God. However, it was not written by good men, because good men would not tell lies by saying ‘Thus saith the Lord’; it was not written by bad men because they would not write about doing good duty, while condemning sin, and themselves to hell; thus, it must be written by divine inspiration. ~ Charles Wesley, McDowell, Evidence That Demands a Verdict , 1990:178.

Christians are not distinct from the rest of men in country or language or customs. For neither do they dwell anywhere in special cities of their own nor do they use a different language, nor practice a conspicuous manner of lifeā€¦ But dwelling as they do in Hellenic and in barbaric cities, as each man's lot is, and following the customs of the country in dress and food and the rest of life, the manner of conduct which they display is wonderful and confessedly beyond belief. They inhabit their own fatherland, but as sojourners; they participate in everything as citizens, and endure everything as foreigners. Every foreign country is to them a fatherland and every fatherland a foreign country… They live on the earth but their citizenship is in heaven.~ The Epistle to Diognetus, near the end of the second century.

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