The Modern Dislocated Self (Wells)

The classical and Christian view of happiness, fulfillment, and meaning in life meant, among other things, living a life of self-control, self-denial, and self-sacrifice. But our modern therapeutic culture has a very different view of self, happiness, fulfillment, and meaning in life. People today believe that self-denial and self-control get in the way of personal… Continue reading The Modern Dislocated Self (Wells)

Beauty, Temperance, and Virtue (Augustine/Aquinas)

In my studies for a sermon series on self-control (temperance) I've been reading what Augustine (d. 430) and Aquinas (d. 1274) had to say about it. I learned that Aquinas has an entire section in his Summa Theologica on temperance. It's a fascinating read, that's for sure! I'm still working through it, but here's a… Continue reading Beauty, Temperance, and Virtue (Augustine/Aquinas)

The Christian Virtue of Self-Control Holistically Considered

Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:23). This means self-control is a virtue that Christians have because the Spirit is at work in them. Other passages in Scripture talk about self-control as well (Prov. 25:28, 1 Cor. 7:5, 2 Tim. 1:7, etc.). Self-control is a great thing because it helps us say no… Continue reading The Christian Virtue of Self-Control Holistically Considered

Consumerism and Marketing: An Anatomy

 This is one of the most fascinating sociology books I've read: Brandwashed by Martin Lindstrom.  I realize it isn't a theological or even Christian book, but it is quite applicable to theology and the Christian life as it reveals the strategies companies use to make us buy their products.  The subtitle is telling: "Tricks Companies… Continue reading Consumerism and Marketing: An Anatomy