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Christmas

by Charles Williams “Let us go a journey,” Quoth my soul to my mind, “Past the plains of darkness Is a house to find Where for my thirsting I shall have my fill, And from my torment I shall be … Continue reading

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The Voice of Job

by George MacDonald ‘O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he … Continue reading

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“‘Father,’ ‘Son,’ ‘Holy Spirit,’ ‘Person,’ ‘essence and nature,’ ‘like and unlike’–what has such a pattern of definition to do with a Being that must exist always in its own incomprehensibility?”

Less than fifty years after Origen’s death there were born in Africa two great opponents, Arius and Atha­na­sius. The followers of both claimed Origen as their own doctor. This curious double claim arose from an illu­mi­nation which has perhaps in … Continue reading

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Taking the Bus to Hell

One by one the lost souls step off the bus to enjoy a Great Divorce holiday in Heaven . . . and one by one they decide to take the bus back to the other place. The choice is theirs. … Continue reading

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“The stones the Gnostics offered fitted the comers of many temples; only not of the City of Christendom”

The revolt against the Gnostic influence depended on two things. There was the capacity of individual anti-Gnostic writers, such as Irenaeus of Lyons. There was also—and far more important—the actual belief of the separate Church­es. It was on many points … Continue reading

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“Christianity is, always, the redemption of a point”

Christianity is, always, the redemption of a point, of one particular point. “Now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation.” In this sense there is nothing but now; there is no duration. We have nothing to do … Continue reading

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Robert Falconer’s Plan to Empty Hell

For some time after the loss of his friend, Robert went loitering and mooning about, quite neglecting the lessons to which he had not, it must be confessed, paid much attention for many weeks. Even when seated at his grannie’s … Continue reading

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Robert Falconer and Repentance in Hell

Once more Falconer retired, but not to take his violin. He could play no more. Hope and love were swelling within him. He could not rest. Was it a sign from heaven that the hour for speech had arrived? He … Continue reading

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