But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

He goes onto define happiness in terms of the absence of pain rather than obtaining pleasure:

To estimate a man’s condition in regard to happiness, it is necessary to ask, not what things please him, but what things trouble him; and the more trivial these things are in themselves, the happier...

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Below is a section from John Owen’s the Mortification of Sin. In this part, he is providing practical instruction for mortifying sin. What I find interesting about this particular section is the degree to which is matches contemporary habit theory.

A habitual response is driven by a context:...

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 09:45

Schopenhauer on Happiness (3c, Ecclesiastes)

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Schopenhauer quite rightly notes that all is impermanent and all will decay. His solution is to reject all hope and expectation and thus avoid disappointment. As we have seen from Shakespeare and Shelley, this is not the only potential response. One could bemoan the tragedy of loss (Macbeth),...

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When deciding what to believe about the Bible, who should we listen to? That’s a rather basic question, and I suppose there are many possible answers. We could listen to our friends—maybe a r…

Source: One of the Most Overlooked Reasons Why We Should Trust the Bible

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Contemporary with Schopenhauer is the English Romantic Poet Percy Shelley.

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The flower that smiles to-day

To-morrow dies;

All that we wish to stay

Tempts and then flies.

What is this world’s delight?

Lightning that mocks the night,

Brief even as bright.

 

This first stanza comes closet to...

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Saturday, 18 January 2020 10:01

Arthur Schopenhauer On Happiness 3a (Mutability)

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The rationale for Schopenhauer’s renunciation as the basis for happiness lies in the mutability of the physical world:

The chief obstacle to our arriving at these salutary views is that hypocrisy of the world to which I have already alluded–an hypocrisy which should be early revealed to...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 05:29

Arthur Schopenhauer on happiness.2

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Schopenhauer explains the heart of his philosophy is to “disown” life and this renunciation is the ultimate basis for his instruction on happiness:

He who has taken to heart the teaching of my philosophy–who knows, therefore, that our whole existence is something which had better...

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Friday, 10 January 2020 03:04

Arthur Schopenhauer on happiness.1

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If we are to be happy, we must first know what happiness means, in what does consistence? Schopenhauer begins with Aristotle’s definition happiness consistency in the avoidance of pain rather than in some pleasure, “The first and foremost rule for the wise conduct of life seems to me to...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 16:30

Arthur Schopenhauer on happiness.1

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If we are to be happy, we must first know what happiness means, in what does consistence? Schopenhauer begins with Aristotle’s definition happiness consistency in the avoidance of pain rather than in some pleasure, “The first and foremost rule for the wise conduct of life seems to me to...

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We believe in the Holy Catholic Church. My contention would be that, apart from such a position as I desire to bring to your notice–some real apostolic belief in the real work of Jesus Christ–apart from that no Church can continue to exist. That is the point of view which I take...

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Something which I had not sufficiently considered about Herod is that he believes. He is not merely responding to a political threat; he is a panic over God. At some point, I may wish to develop this idea: there are two interesting themes here: (1) the irrationality of sin and suppression; (2) the...

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Friday, 03 January 2020 14:43

Notes, Shakespeare Sonnet 12

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1]         When I do count the clock that tells the time

[2]       And see the brave day sunk in hideous night,

[3]       When I behold the violet past prime

[4]       And...

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Friday, 03 January 2020 14:08

A Short Bible Study, 1 Cor. 6:9-20

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1 Corinthians 6:9–20 (ESV)

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?

Do not be deceived:

neither the sexually immoral,

nor idolaters,

nor adulterers,

nor men who practice homosexuality,

10 nor thieves,

nor the greedy,

nor drunkards,

nor revilers,

nor...

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 02:02

A Short Bible Study: 1 Cor. 1:1-9

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1 Corinthians 1:1–9 (ESV)

Greeting

1 Paul,

            called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus,

and our brother Sosthenes,

To

the church of God that is in Corinth,

to those sanctified in Christ Jesus,

called to be...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 10:07

Herodotus on Happiness

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Herodotus recounts a story of Croesus asking the Athenian lawgiver Solon about happiness. Croesus who was quite wealth and at ease appeared to be a “happy man.” So Croesus hoping to flatter himself asked Solon who was the happiest man in the world. When Solon did not say Croesus,...

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 04:32

Edward Taylor, When Thy Bright Beams.2

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He then ends with a praise to God’s great glory which shall be revealed on Judgment Day.  To understand the shift from a general statement of responding to God’s glory and a specific discussion of God’s judgment, it is necessary to consider the note that this poem is a...

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 10:32

Edward Taylor, When Thy Bright Beams

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When thy bright beams, my Lord, do strike mine eye,

Methinks I then could truly chide out-right

My hidebound soul that stands so niggardly

That scarce a thought gets glorified by’t.

My quaintest...

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 09:20

The Purpose ofApologetics

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From Os Guinness, Fools Talk:

First the problem caused by sin:

“Were Adam and Eve aware of what they were doing? The thrust of the biblical account of the fall is powerful. Their disobedience entailed two things that are now characteristic of all of us as humans. On the one hand, for each of...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 05:44

Kuyper, Common Grace 1.10

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The prior post in this series may be found here.

In Chapter 10, Kuyper considers the issue of governmental legitimacy. The question of legitimacy is of great importance in the matter of government. If a government is legitimate, then the population willing submits to the government and the...

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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 09:21

Book Review God in Our Midst, Daniel R. Hyde

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Length, 222 pages (including appendix). Published 2012, Reformation Trust.

In Exodus 35, Moses takes up an offering for property to be used in the building of the wilderness Tabernacle. In chapter 35, we begin the account of the building of the tabernacle. Earlier chapters discuss the lampstand, the...

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Wayne Grudem has recently made an argument that abuse is permissible basis for divorce in accordance with 1 Corinthians 7:15. The issues of divorce is fraught with peril; and so, my arguments here are quite tentative and based upon a brief consideration. I am merely thinking out loud. But I do...

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 06:44

Kuyper, Common Grace, 1.9

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The prior post may be found here.

In this chapter, Kuyper considers the issue of whether Genesis 9:6 provides the basis for imposition of civil government:

Genesis 9:6 (AV)

6Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

The argument is...

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WHEN I have fears that I may cease to be

Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,

Before high piled books, in charact’ry,

Hold like rich garners the full-ripen’d grain;

When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,         5

Huge cloudy...

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The prior post in this series is found here. 

CHAPTER IV

Of the manifold mischiefs caused by the fear of man

Fear of man is one cause which causes one to reject coming to faith, “Many thousands of souls are thereby kept back from a true and thorough repentance and conversion; because they...

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019 09:16

Milgram’s Experiment Revisited

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I have taught this experiment in college. Turns out it what was not Milgram claimed:

https://www.psypost.org/2019/11/unpublished-data-from-stanley-milgrams-experiments-casts-doubts-on-his-claims-about-obedience-54921

 

Authors: memoirandremains...

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