Augustine and Love (Oberman)

This is an excellent resource: "The Reformation: Roots and Ramifications" by Heiko Oberman.  I just finished reading the chapter that covered mysticism in the medieval church; it was quite helpful.  It's too detailed to summarize in one blog post, so for now I'll just quote a section where Oberman summarized Augustine's view of love.  This… Continue reading Augustine and Love (Oberman)

Selfishness and Marriage (Keller)

It's been awhile since I've read a book on marriage with the depth and wisdom of Tim Keller's The Meaning of Marriage.  I appreciate how he talks about our culture's selfish view of marriage.  Today, many people think of marriage and romantic relationships in terms of self - what they get out of it.  Turns… Continue reading Selfishness and Marriage (Keller)

Related: Boredom and Selfishness

 In Richard Winter's excellent book, Still Bored in A Culture of Entertainment, he makes the great point that boredom and selfishness are quite related. "We are called not only to enjoy the world of God's creation but also to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.  Throughout the Bible we find a strong emphasis on… Continue reading Related: Boredom and Selfishness

It’s All About Me (Because I’m Special!)

This is a good book that describes the selfishness, vanity, pride, arrogance, depression, cynicism, apathy, and attitude of many young Americans today: Generation Me by Jean Twenge.  The subtitle of the book explains it a bit more: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled - and More Miserable Than Ever Before.  If this topic… Continue reading It’s All About Me (Because I’m Special!)