Month: September 2013

Belief without certainty

For I ask, if what is not known must not be believed, in what way may children do service to their parents, and love with mutual affection those whom they believe not to be their parents? For it cannot, by any means, be known by reason. But the authority of the mother comes in, that it be believed of the father; but of the mother it is usually not the mother that is believed, but midwives, nurses, servants. For she, from whom a son may be stolen and another put in his place, may she not being deceived deceive? Yet we believe, and believe without any doubt, what we confess we cannot know. For who but must see, that unless it be so, filial affection, the most sacred bond of the human race, is violated by extreme pride of wickedness? For what madman even would think him to be blamed who discharged the duties that were due to those whom he believed to be his parents, although they were not so? Who, on the other hand, would not judge him to deserve banishment, who failed to love those who were perhaps his true parents, through fear lest he should love pretended. Many things may be alleged, whereby to show that nothing at all of human society remains safe, if we shall determine to believe nothing, which we cannot grasp by full apprehension.

St. Augustine of Hippo, On the Profit of Believing, 26

Review: The Age of God Kings, 3000-1500 BC

The Age of God Kings, 3000-1500 BC
The Age of God Kings, 3000-1500 BC by Time-Life Books

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This entire series of books is a great general introduction to the important events, figures, places, etc. of history. I keep a copy of the series in my classroom and at home and frequently use it to teach both my students and my own children. I recommend this entire series for anyone with little historical knowledge who wants a good introduction to the subject as well as for those who desire to make children historically literate.

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Review: Ante-Nicene Fathers 6: Fathers of the Third Century: Gregory Thaumaturgus, Dionysius

Ante-Nicene Fathers 6: Fathers of the Third Century: Gregory Thaumaturgus, Dionysius
Ante-Nicene Fathers 6: Fathers of the Third Century: Gregory Thaumaturgus, Dionysius by Alexander Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a collection of under-appreciated patristic gems. The avid reader of Christian history will set enraptured and he or she watches the development of the thought of earlier Christian thinkers like Origen and Tertullian by their disciples. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of Christian thought, in patristics, or in some good reads by some ancient fellows.

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