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This weekend is lots of holidays, sacred and profane, overlapping and one after another. So we will contemplate them all.
Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.
This is precisely what a piece I wrote recently talks about. I didn’t include Halloween and All Saints, but the relationship clearly applies to the cycle of degeneration and regeneration humans seem to fall into automatically: Mardis Gras & Lent, New Year’s Eve & the New Year… even Saturday and Sunday! I don’t think the cycle of degeneration and regeneration is a good thing, but it seems to be something humans automatically do.
We are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves.
We must be regenerated daily. From outside of ourselves.
Thank you Martin Luther and thank you Dear Lord Jesus!
My college had a Council of Trent party last night…
Sacred or profane….? Hehe.
What an observation, Stewart! This weekend really proves your point, in two ways: Halloween=Bad death (scary, rotting corpses, skeletons, ghosts), followed immediately by All Saints’ Day=Good death (immortal souls, eternal life, saints victorious).
Reformation Day=celebrating the breaking of the church (yes, that deserves celebrating), followed the next day by All Saints’ Day=the church united.
So what do you do at a Council of Trent party? Sit around and curse people?
Speaking of a “cycle of degeneration and regeneration,” it is not just humans. What about seasons? Economic cycles? History itself?
Nice post. I like it. Somehow I think I’ll be checking your blog out again soon Thanks guys!
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